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“You don't really go into working areas, mostly drive in a bus, but it's FREE!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kourou Space Centre (Centre Spatial Guyanais)

Kourou Space Centre (Centre Spatial Guyanais)
Kourou, French Guiana
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Kourou
Type: Science Museums
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Owner description: More than 500 launches have left from this vital space center, begun in the 1960s. Guided tours of the facility and its six launch sites are among the region's most popular attractions.
Coral Springs, Florida
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“You don't really go into working areas, mostly drive in a bus, but it's FREE!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

I live in Florida and have been to Kennedy Space Center so I had high expectations.

Here's the bad. It's mostly in French. There's a movie you can wear a headset for English, but that's a very small part of the tour.

The good is the sites and the photos you can take of the control room, etc.

I was hoping you could actually stand on the launch site and other places, but so guess do to security reasons.

I wouldn't go back unless there's a launch. But there's not a lot to do in Kourou but this and Devils Island which was way better than the Space Station.

Stay at Hotel Ballyhou! Alan and Charlotte are great and she speaks English!

Alan took us here free of charge.

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Brisbane, Australia
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

It's worth checking this out IF you are already in the area. After being to the Kennedy Space Center, this was like hopping off a rollercoaster to go jump on a merry-go-round. Also note that tours are done in French.

Visited March 2013
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Modling, Austria
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“Incredible Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

First, it is interesting to visit the museum, and to read about the facts.

Second, much better is the 3 hour tour to the Soyuz or Ariane 5 Start Places, and to see the Commanders Control Room.

The best is definitly to come to the right time, as me on 19. 12. 12 to see the Ariane V start. Maybe just 20 seconds of closer view than from TV, but minutes before and after, .. until the trip reaally started successful after 90 minutes, it is incredible to feel the atmosphere.

The very best was the chamagne Party, after the lounge at the Venus Centre.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very good museum on Space flight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

It's a very good and interesting museum. I was actually glad I didn't book a tour as there were only French guides and it meant I could avoid the big crowd on the tour. Everything is written down to explain things so I could read what I was interested and ignore the rest anyway. They have some really interesting items to check out and if you go downstairs there's a lot of interactive stuff. A lot of it is for kids, but there are some interesting things to try out as well.
It would be good to be in town on a launch day. People can see the launch from pretty much anywhere in town.

Visited April 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“If you are into it!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

If you are into spaceshuttles this is the place to be. The tour is free and well arranged (make sure your understand French) and covers different launching sites on different days. It takes about three hours and is very informative. If you are not into spaceshuttles, I would not recommend going (I saw a lot of women yawning!), kids seem to love this tour though.

Visited July 2012
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