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Seeing Like a Rover : How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars

By: Vertesi, Janet.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (331 p.).ISBN: 9780226156019.Subject(s): Image processing -- Digital techniques | Mars (Planet) -- Exploration -- Data processing | Mars Exploration Rover Mission (U.S.) -- Data processing | Roving vehicles (Astronautics) -- Automatic control -- Data processingGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Seeing Like a Rover : How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of MarsDDC classification: 523.43072/3 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Summary: In the years since the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and Rover first began transmitting images from the surface of Mars, we have become familiar with the harsh, rocky, rusty-red Martian landscape. But those images are much less straightforward than they may seem to a layperson: each one is the result of a complicated set of decisions and processes involving the large team behind the Rovers.            With Seeing Like a Rover, Janet Vertesi takes us behind the scenes to reveal the work that goes into creating our knowledge of Mars. Every photograph that the Rovers take, she shows, must be proc
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In the years since the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and Rover first began transmitting images from the surface of Mars, we have become familiar with the harsh, rocky, rusty-red Martian landscape. But those images are much less straightforward than they may seem to a layperson: each one is the result of a complicated set of decisions and processes involving the large team behind the Rovers.            With Seeing Like a Rover, Janet Vertesi takes us behind the scenes to reveal the work that goes into creating our knowledge of Mars. Every photograph that the Rovers take, she shows, must be proc

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This book is based on the author's PhD dissertation (Cornell Univ., 2009). Vertesi (sociology, Princeton Univ.) began her work with the Mars Exploration Rover team in 2006 as an ethnographer in one of the affiliated labs. One difference between a work of history and a work of ethnography is that, in the latter, the names of people mentioned in the text are changed to protect their confidentiality. Here the names of the more than 80 participants in this study are listed in the appendix, but they appear in the text under pseudonyms. In the book, one can learn how the Mars Rover teams work, why and how they do things, and about their decision-making processes. The technical detail in the book is very good and very clear. The process of obtaining the images and the techniques for processing the images are well described in nontechnical language. The decisions about where to send the Rover and what path it should take are carefully analyzed. All this information is placed in the context of an ethnographic study of the Mars Rover teams with a strong overlay of technical, engineering, and signal processing detail. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, lower- and upper-division undergraduates and professionals/practitioners. --Alvin M. Strauss, Vanderbilt University

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