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The Launch Centre

The Launch Centre


Main building - Ground floor


Accessible to people with disabilities

3, 2, 1, 0, blast off! With the Launch Centre, watch rockets take off from several space centres, understand how a satellite is placed in orbit or admire a real Vulcain engine of Ariane 5.


Reaching space is difficult, staying there also! You will be surprised to see how a single grain of sand up there can, by its speed, damage or destroy a satellite . Discover an Orlan spacesuit: an identical model was used by Jean-Loup Chrétien when he became the first French “spacewalker”.
Visit the launch centre and its Vulcain engine.

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We owe the famous backward count to the German filmmaker Fritz Lang. In 1929, he made Frau im Mond (The Woman on the Moon), a black and white science fiction silent film that tells of a mission to our natural satellite. To heighten the dramatic tension during the take-off scene, he imagines the countdown (which appears as text cards), relying on the fact that the public knows that the take-off will occur once the number zero has been reached.
Discover the launchers that have gone into space and test how gravity works

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