Ětes-vous javanais?

December 2007. For the millionth time, I explained, “Non. Je suis américain.” The driver didn’t believe me. I handed him my passport which he examined carefully while steering the van through the streets of Cayenne. The other passengers anxiously waited for his opinion. “Ah!” he uttered with a sigh of relief. He assured everyone that …

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Trois, deux, un…Lift off!

December 2007. Thirty minutes to launch. Amid the towering green canopy of a French Guiana rainforest, two white tents had been conspicuously set up at the AGAMI site for the 200 guests who were invited to view an Ariane 5 GS L530 rocket blast off into space with its payload of two communication satellites. A …

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