SecTrans Norman Mineta has given Kris Kringle, a.k.a.
Santa Claus, the green light to fly to various points throughout
the United States the night of Dec. 24-25. The Secretary signed the
waiver after a team from the FAA conducted a safety inspection of
Santa’s sleigh to ensure air worthiness.
In an announcement made at the North Pole, Santa Claus declared
that his reindeer sled has been equipped with new, emerging
avionics technology intended to safely speed delivery of gifts this
"All things being equal, I would prefer to let other astronauts
go up on Shenzhou VI. That way China would have three astronauts
who will have been into space."
Source: Fighter pilot Yang Liwei is one of 14
candidates now training for China's next space mission, due to be
launched in September. This mission, announced Thursday by China's
space agency, will carry two "taikonauts" into orbit for an
unspecified series of experiments.