Remembering a Swiss adventurer.

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Jacques Piccard, the deep-sea explorer, died on November 1 at the age of 86, at his home near Lake Geneva.

Born in Brussels in 1922, Jacques was best known for his 1960 descent--with American Don Walsh--to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. At 10,916 metres below sea level, the trench is the deepest point ever reached by man.

It was thanks to Jacques that many others also experienced deep-water adventures. During the 1964 Swiss National Exhibition, the submarine he built -- the first ever for tourists--carried 33,000 passengers below Lake Geneva. In 1969, Jacques spent an entire month under water, exploring the Gulf Stream's current. He made dives until he was 82 years old.


According to his son Bertrand Piccard's Solar Impulse website, Jacques' greatest achievement was his discovery in 1960 of organisms living at depths over 11,000 metres. The finding, it says, "led to the...

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