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  1. 9 April 1968 – 9 April 2018- 50th anniversary of first launch from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s spaceport

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    April 9, 2018

    Monday 9 April in Kourou, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall led the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first launch from the Guiana Space Centre. It was on 9 April 1968 that the Véronique sounding rocket, France’s first launcher, soared skywards from Europe’s spaceport. The pioneers of this great adventure and several former directors of the space centre were present at today’s event.

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