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 visit is completely free for EU citizens, you just need to send your passport but this you get back after the tour. The explanation is interesting and in French or in English on request. I recommend anyone who comes close to sure to visit you won't regret.
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  • A space centre in Guiana quality that opens its doors and offers to attend launches of rockets. Very interesting to see without hesitation
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  • Tour around the grounds. You will be shown around by bus with explanations on the bus. Was in French, but after we indicated this is not understood there were also parts in English explained. Unfortunately you have but once a month an English tour. The drive is really rich with lots of info where you can view and control room also at the launching pads can look (then you go off the bus). Duration is 3 hours. Start to 8:00 or to 13:00. You can book through visites.csg@cnes.fr it is possible to just to mail in English. There is also a Space museum you can view afterwards. We found this (the Space Center) all worth from Suriname with our rental car the River (via the ferry) to cross to French Guiana. It is also possible to attend a launch. When this is you can find on their site. Tour is free, but you need to identify with your Passport you may otherwise not in it. We found for our stay ideal for Hotel Atlantis to stay what less than 10 minutes from the site. For the rest is French Guiana euro-zone so easily anywhere just pins and pay with euros.
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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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  • Very nice & knowledgeable

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