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Guiana Space Centre: the European spaceport

exploration

Operational since 1968, the ‘Centre Spatial Guyanais' (CSG) in the coastal town of Kourou gives European states independent access to space. Satellite launches for all nationalities are done here.

December 1979 remains a historic date for the CNES (National Centre for Space Studies) with the saga of Ariane, the Véronique, Diamond, Soyuz and Vega launches, and now Ariane 5, which have taken place over a period of 48 years and represent an ongoing success. In the 1960s, when France was forced to abandon its Algerian military bases, it chose French Guiana as its new launching pad into space, and on Christmas Eve, 1979, the carrier rocket Ariane 1 was successfully launched from this site, which has since proven itself to be the most efficient space centre in the world, famous for its modernity and innovation. Its most recent launch was on January 17, 2016, when Jason-3, an international Earth observation satellite that measures ocean surface topography, blasted off.

The three-hour tour visits the launch pads, the bunker, and the Jupiter control centre, where the ground control team oversee launches.

Le Centre Spatial Guyanais
Kourou 97387

+594 (0)5 94 32 61 23

cnes.fr/en

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