I had been warned to keep my depth
Last time we caught up with Cousteau, he was preparing for Mission 31, his epic monthlong stay at Aquarius, the world’s only underwater research lab. After a June 1 splashdown, he’s over two weeks into his stay and all seems to be going as planned, other than an air conditioning hiccup that left Cousteau and his aquanauts sweltering in their school bus-sized home under the sea for a night or two.
I had less than an hour to spend inside the habitat. Cousteau led a hasty tour of his temporary home, out of the wet room, through the galley, past a panel of switches and gauges and into
In the past fortnight, Aquarius has played host to a variety of guests, from actors, authors and news reporters to Fabien’s own father, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and another famous aquanaut, Sylvia Earle. The habitat’s aquanauts have celebrated World Ocean Day; they donned red caps to pay tribute to Fabien’s grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, on what would have been his 104th birthday on June 11. Earlier this week, Cousteau chatted with Richard Branson via Skype while two aquanauts and a cameraman decompressed and swapped places with their alternates for the remainder of the mission.
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