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A view of the forward deck of the D/V Glomar Challenger was a deep sea research and scientific drilling vessel for oceanography and marine geology studies. It was designed by the American National Science Foundation and University of California. The vessel was operated by the Global Marine cooperation. The Glomar Challenger was given its name as a tribute to the accomplishments of the oceanographic survey vessel HMS Challenger. Glomar is a truncation of Global Marine. Circa 1968.