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James Webb: Why is the European Space Agency launching rockets from South America

  • Daniel Gonzalez Capa
  • BBC News World

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In French Guiana is the European spaceport of Kourou.

It is a small region in continental South America, with an area of ​​only 83,846 square kilometers.

But it includes within its borders one of the most important spaceports in Europe: the port koro, operated by the European Space Agency (ESA), the French National Center for Space Studies (CNES) and Arianespace.

French Guiana, with a population of 259,109 and extremely sparsely populated, is a major hub for the space race, not only in Europe, but also globally.

And it’s from here specifically, where it will launch on Saturday, December 25th James Webb Telescope aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.

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