French Guiana (South America)

Pictures from French Guiana during our September, 2006 SEMs solar eclipse webcast expedition. Note that the circles indicate where I was.

* Cayenne *
During the flight to French Guiana, the plane stopped in Haiti. Here's the view from the airport.
During the flight to French Guiana, the plane also stopped in Martinique. Here's a view from the airplane.
Here's downtown Cayenne, French Guiana (While the largest city in French Guiana, it is not very big).
We went looking for Sea Turtles on this South Atlantic beach (found eggs, but no turtles).

* Kourou *
Next stop was the CNET (French Space agency) launch center. Here's a life-size model of the Ariane 5 rocket. Note the 3 story building.
We took a tour of the launch facility. Here is the launch control room.
Next stop on the tour were the launch pads. Here is the launch pad for the discontinued Ariane 4 rocket.
Here I am in front of the Ariane 5 launch pad.
The main thing French Guiana is famous for is the Devil's Island prison. We didn't have time to visit it, but here it is from the beach. It's not that far off the coast, but the waters are shark infested.


Last Modification: December, 2006