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Seeing like a Rover : how robots, teams, and images craft knowledge of Mars

Author: Janet Vertesi
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the years since the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and Opportunity 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Vertesi
ISBN: 9780226155968 022615596X
OCLC Number: 884882456
Description: xi, 318 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: seeing Mars and drawing Mars --
Where do images come from? planning a day on Mars --
Calibration: crafting trustworthy images of Mars --
Image processing: drawing as and its consequences --
"These images are our maps": drawing, seeing, and interacting --
Collective visions --
Visualization, embodiment, and social order --
Constraints and "lookiloo": the limits of interpretation --
"Surviving politically" and the Martian picturesque.
Responsibility: Janet Vertesi, the University of Chicago Press.

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Taking you behind the scenes to reveal the work that goes into creating our knowledge of Mars, this book shows science in action, a world where digital processing uncovers scientific truths, where  Read more...

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