Kourou Space Centre (Centre Spatial Guyanais), Kourou

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See where satellites launch into outer space with a tour of Kourou Space Centre (Centre Spatial Guyanais). In 1964, the French government chose this uninhabited territory--close to the equator and protected from tropical storms and earthquakes--as a base from which to send its satellites into the cosmos. Take the highly informative three-hour bus tour of the launch pads and control room where the launching is programmed. Note the tour is usually in French, but the guides will answer all your questions in English. Amenities include a gift shop. Check the website for the launch schedule and reserve a place at one of the center's observation points (or watch with the locals from one of Kourou's beaches). Add Kourou Space Centre (Centre Spatial Guyanais) to your Kourou travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kourou holiday planner.
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  • The first time we were in Kourou in December 2008, there was a rocket launch, so we missed the tour, but this time we made it just before the next Soyuz launch (which is why we could not see the Soyuz...  more »
  • If you have come to F.G. as a tourist then no doubt you will likely be visiting this place. What a unique experience. Even the most well travelled people will be impressed as you cannot tour places li...  more »
  • The Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana is amazing. Very big, today is a place from where sattelites of Europe are launched.  more »
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  • They have nice rockets but you can't board them.
  • Alhamdulillah, Thanks God Indonesia can launch satellite Telkom 3s here.
  • Incredible place to visit, and hopefully witness a launch!
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  • Mass at seven the night; is good.