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Casting off last line for the D/V Glomar Challenger (ship) at the beginning of Leg 96 are (left to right) John Duke, from Global Marine Inc., and scientist Mel Peterson of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. The D/V Glomar Challenger (ship) was a deep sea research and scientific drilling vessel used for the Deep Sea Drilling Project. It was operated by the Global Marine, Inc. The managing institution for the Deep Sea Drilling Project was Scripps Institution of Oceanography under contract to the National Science Foundation (NSF). September 27, 1983.