Like every year, on December 24th, NASA’s satellites will be on the lookout for Santa’s sleigh. The administration is determined to snap pictures of the magical moment, officials have stated.
NASA’s ISS is getting ready for Christmas holidays as astronomers have stated. The scientists on board of ISS are taking some time out of their favorite sky-studying activities to celebrate Christmas with more earthlike activities.
The ISS team has just received a new cargo load from a Russian space ship. Astronomers have received presents and Christmas food so they won’t miss the holiday season. Some of the members of the crew keep their colleagues entertained with Christmas carols, as their most recent Twitter posts indicate.
This year, it won’t be just the ISS looking down towards us, people on Earth can also get a glimpse of the ISS as it crosses the sky. NASA has, nevertheless, warned viewers not to mistake their space station with Santa’s sleigh. The former will appear under the form of a very bright star, which will start rising from the Western skies towards the Eastern ones.
Separating the two could be rather difficult, especially since Santa’s sleigh and NASA’s ISS will cross the skies approximately at the same time on Christmas Eve. The space administration has created a series of tools to help people track Santa.
The most accurate tool is NORAD, also known as the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is using highly accurate satellites to locate Santa and his reindeer. Officials have explained that the NORAD system relies on infrared technology to spot Rudolph’s red nose as it crosses the sky. The only thing we can hope for is that Santa will ask Rudolph to guide his sleigh on December 24th.
NASA has concluded their official message by saying that they will do their best to help Santa deliver his presents in time. There are now 7 billion children waiting for Santa this year, so NASA’s help is highly welcomed.
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