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NASA TRACKS SANTA AS ISS CREW SENDS HOLIDAY GREETINGS



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Kyle Herring
Headquarters, Washington             Dec. 19, 2002
(Phone: 202/358-1874)
Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

NASA TRACKS SANTA AS SPACE STATION CREW SENDS HOLIDAY GREETINGS

     Santa Claus and his reindeer will have some expert help 
this Christmas Eve, as they streak around the world to 
deliver joy and gifts to children everywhere. NASA flight 
controllers in Houston's Mission Control Center will watch 
over Santa throughout the night, just as they watch over the 
International Space Station and its crew every day.

NASA's Santa Tracker will be available beginning at 4 p.m. 
EST Dec. 24 on the Internet at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/index.html

Updates on Santa's progress will be posted on NASA's 
spaceflight website every two hours as Mission Control 
Houston monitors his rounds:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov

>From on board the Space Station, the Expedition Six crew -- 
Commander Ken Bowersox, NASA Science Officer Don Pettit and 
Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin -- will send a special 
holiday message to the world. They will also talk about 
NASA's plans to track Santa Claus. 

The crew's holiday message will air on NASA Television 
beginning Friday, Dec. 20, as part of the daily Videofile 
program. Air times on Dec. 20 are noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 
p.m., midnight; and Dec. 21, 3 a.m. and 9 a.m. EST.

NASA TV programming is available through AMC2 (formerly 
referred to as GE2), transponder 9C. The frequency is 3880 
MHz with an orbital position of 85 degrees west longitude, 
with audio at 6.8 MHz. 
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