Kourou Space Centre (Guiana Space Centre), Kourou

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.
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  • The guides are great and know at your fingertips everything you need to know. We did the air-conditioned bus tour for about 3 hours, and ended with a little tour by the Space Museum. We came out of it enchanted. Very informative and pleasant. more than waiting to have the chance to observe a launch. I recommend
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  • very impressive and professional set-up. They have also english speaking guides, so now worries here.  more »
  • There is no space
  • ArSat-1 Beautiful!!! *_* Thanks Arianespace, from Chilecito - La Rioja - Argentina! :D
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