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See where satellites launch into outer space with a tour of Kourou Space Centre (Guiana Space Centre). 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). Using our online itinerary creator, Kourou attractions like Kourou Space Centre (Guiana Space Centre) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Kourou Space Centre (Guiana Space Centre) reviews
Transferred from my tour vehicle to Space Centre's bus and did the full tour, including the hands-on museum. Tour takes nearly three hours and security means you HAVE TO BE on a tour list. more »
Well worth the effort. We visited as part of a group and one of our tour members was not on the list so couldn't participate so make sure you just don't rock up and expect to get on a tour. We were.... more »
The busiest Space port. Launch pads for Arian 5, VEGA and Russian Soyuz Rockets.
Interesting to visit. We'll surely be affected by all the activities
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