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Kourou,town and commune (2007 pop. 25,918), N French Guiana, on the coast 26 mi (42 km) NW of CayenneCayenne
, city and district (1990 pop. 41,659), capital of French Guiana, on Cayenne island at the mouth of the Cayenne River. The city has a shallow harbor, and deep-draft ships must anchor some distance out. Timber, rum, essence of rosewood, and gold are exported.
..... Click the link for more information. . 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 AgencyEuropean Space Agency
(ESA), multinational agency dedicated to the promotion, for exclusively peaceful purposes, of cooperation among European states in space research and technology.
..... Click the link for more information. , and Arianespace. There also is a space museum. Devils IslandDevils Island,
Fr. Île du Diable, the smallest and southernmost of the Îles du Salut, in the Caribbean Sea off French Guiana. A penal colony founded in 1852, it was used largely for political prisoners, the most celebrated of whom was Alfred Dreyfus.
..... Click the link for more information. is offshore but is part of Cayenne commune.
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Kourou(koo -roo) A coastal town in north central French Guiana, near which lies the launch site for ESA's Ariane launcher. Originally owned by the European Launcher Development Organization (ELDO) and known as its Equatorial Space Range, the site passed to ESA upon its formation in the mid-1970s .
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