Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Today In History; Jacques Cousteau, Oceanic Explorer

1910: France is the birthplace of Jacques Cousteau, the naval officer, explorer, and researcher who dedicated his life to studying the sea and all forms of life in water. Cousteau, together with Emile Gagnan, also co-invented the first type of scuba diving equipment, the Aqua Lung, in 1943. Some of Cousteau's accomplishments include developing techniques to minesweep France's harbor, exploring shipwrecks, creating a two-person submarine that could reach a depth of 250m below the ocean's surface, and developing an underwater camera. Cousteau's voyage and exploration of Antarctica was televised, making him famous.

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