Kourou

Kourou, town and commune (2007 pop. 25,918), N French Guiana, on the coast 26 mi (42 km) NW of Cayenne . A rocket-launching base, the Guiana Space Center, is mainly in the commune near the town; the Soyuz launch complex portion of the center is in neighboring Sinnamary commune. Launches there are conducted by the French space agency, the European Space Agency , and Arianespace. There also is a space museum. Devils Island is offshore but is part of Cayenne commune.

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