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Kourou Space Centre (Guiana Space Centre), Kourou

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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.
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  • I live in Florida and have been to Cape Canaveral a few times to watch launches. I'm an astronomy buff. For me, this place was a must- see. Bring the kids. 
    I live in Florida and have been to Cape Canaveral a few times to watch launches. I'm an astronomy buff. For me, this place was a must- see. Bring the kids.  more »
  • Let me explain that I come from Huntsville Al, where the NASA Marshal Space Flight Center is, and we have this kind of stuff in my backyard. You cannot see an actual launch, and the tour is only... 
    Let me explain that I come from Huntsville Al, where the NASA Marshal Space Flight Center is, and we have this kind of stuff in my backyard. You cannot see an actual launch, and the tour is only...  more »
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  • Must do in Kourou, super interesting tour of the facilities. Normally English explanations can be given at bus stops but my group was smaller, so one of the guides was so nice to offer to sit next to me and give me explanations on the go. The tour mostly takes place on the bus and took for me about 2.5 hours.
  • My vehicle kept falling through the ground. It’s like physics don’t exist here. I also somehow got myself stuck on a pipeline and had to call emergency services. Beware of frequent tornadoes, and sometimes they cause the rocket to explode. Overall a pretty buggy but pleasant experience.

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