Watch Becoming Cousteau, a National Geographic documentary currently playing in theaters.
At the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, celebrities like Jane Fonda and Pelé mingled with the likes of the Dalai Lama and George Bush. But when it came time for presidents, prime ministers, and other world leaders to gather for an official photo, they only cared about one public figure. As they gathered for the photographer, the leaders clamored for the aging Jacques-Yves Cousteau to join them.
Cousteau is known as one of the fathers of scuba diving, which he helped pioneer in the mid-20th century. A former French naval pilot, Cousteau had become increasingly interested in ocean exploration. In 1943, as he searched for ways to make the depths more accessible to