A long history of scientific exploration boats

The La Pérousse Astrolabe
In 1875, king Louis XVI, fascinated by the stories of south Pacific explorations by the English James Cook, decide to organize for the first time a scientific only mission.
La Pérousse is in charge of this, and he went with two frigates : La Boussole and the Astrolabe. His mission : the exploration of Pacific, in order to precise and improve Cook’s previous work.

The Dumont D’Urville Astrolabe
Dumont d’Urville was at the head of various scientific exploration mission around the world. In 1826, he followed the tracks of La Pérousse, in order to find where his boat had shipwrecked. In memory of his predecessor, he renamed his La Coquille boat into Astrolabe. His travel brought numerous scientific knowledge in astronomy, biology, ethnology and marine cartography.
Dumont d’Urville also organized an exploration misson on the Astrolabe in 1837 in Antartica. This mission helped to precise Antarctic and South Pacific India island maps, and bring the discovery of Adélie Land.
Today, this place sheltered the researches base of Dumont d’Urville. A team of scientific searchers and technicians is permanently on activity, and it is one of the principal center of research in Antarctic.

The IPEV Astrolabe
Today, an exploration boat still takes the name of Astrolabe. In memory of Dumont d’Urville explorations missions in south Indian Ocean and South Pole, the exploration boat of French Polar Institute (Paul Emile Victor Institute) is named Astrolabe.
This boat helps to make the link between the Dumont d’Urville center and other research spot like island of south Indian Ocean.
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