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      Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana

      Our crew has arrived in French Guiana, a region boasting exceptional natural heritage and combining cutting-edge technologies and Amazonian primary forest, a European spaceport and a quite unique biodiversity reserve.

      Coming from: Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe

      Weather conditions: Cloudy

      Time of arrival: 9:30 AM

      Land temperature: 27°C

      Hydrogen storage level:

      Tricky sailing conditions on the Maroni River

      Introducing the boat to some new latitudes and some quite unprecedented sailing conditions as far as Saint-Laurent du Maroni, the passage spanning nearly 800 nautical miles took 8 days in all.

      • Energy Observer at the mouth of the Maroni Rive
      • Energy Observer on the Maroni River
      • Energy Observer sailing on the Maroni River
      • Sailing on the Maroni River
      • Energy Observer on the Maroni River

      A night on the Maroni

      Sunset on the Maroni

      After a night at anchor at the mouth of the Maroni, we sailed up the river for about fifteen miles to Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni. What a spectacle! Katia once again opened the way for the catamaran with the sounder from the zeppelin. David gave us some superb drone flights, while Julien and Jean-Baptiste ensured the smooth running of the boat.

      • A crew member watching the sunset
      • Two crew members on board Energy Observer
      • A crew member holding a radio
      • A crew member sailing with the tender
      • Fishermen at the mouth of the Maroni River

      Alone on the river except for a few fishermen's pirogues, we could listen to the sounds of the jungle. A moving navigation after weeks of talking about it and imagining it. Everywhere around us, a luxuriant, impenetrable, almost mysterious nature! We can't wait to discover what's coming next.

      Sunrise on the Maroni River

      Next step: Kourou and the Guiana space center

      It is a major scientific site that we will then visit over the next few days: the Guiana Space Center, directed by CNES (the national centre for space studies), Energy Observer's scientific and educational partner.

      Today, space is being used to try to understand climate imbalance and monitor its evolution. In this way, European satellites of the Copernicus constellation are providing scientists the world over with the data required to model the climate and monitor the changing ecosystems and the chemical make-up of the atmosphere. From melting ice to monitoring of forest cover, the satellites observe, measure and inform us about the state of the planet.

      If space exploration has allowed mankind to travel thousands of kilometers from Earth, today it allows us to realize how unique it is, and that it is essential to preserve it.

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