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The Resource Working on Mars : voyages of scientific discovery with the Mars exploration rovers, William J. Clancey, (electronic book)

Working on Mars : voyages of scientific discovery with the Mars exploration rovers, William J. Clancey, (electronic book)

Label
Working on Mars : voyages of scientific discovery with the Mars exploration rovers
Title
Working on Mars
Title remainder
voyages of scientific discovery with the Mars exploration rovers
Statement of responsibility
William J. Clancey
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Geologists in the field climb hills and hang onto craggy outcrops; they put their fingers in sand and scratch, smell, and even taste rocks. Beginning in 2004, however, a team of geologists and other planetary scientists did field science in a dark room in Pasadena, exploring Mars from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) by means of the remotely operated Mars Exploration Rovers (MER). Clustered around monitors, living on Mars time, painstakingly plotting each movement of the rovers and their tools, sensors, and cameras, these scientists reported that they felt as if they were on Mars themselves, doing field science. The MER created a virtual experience of being on Mars. In this book, William Clancey examines how the MER has changed the nature of planetary field science. NASA cast the rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, as "robotic geologists," and ascribed machine initiative ("Spirit collected additional imagery ... ") to remotely controlled actions. Clancey argues that the actual explorers were not the rovers but the scientists, who imaginatively projected themselves into the body of the machine to conduct the first overland expedition of another planet. The scientists have since left the darkened room and work from different home bases, but the rover-enabled exploration of Mars continues. Drawing on his extensive observations of scientists in the field and at the JPL, Clancey investigates how the design of the rover mission enables field science on Mars, explaining how the scientists and rover engineers manipulate the vehicle and why the programmable tools and analytic instruments work so well for them. He shows how the scientists felt not as if they were issuing commands to a machine but rather as if they were working on the red planet, riding together in the rover on a voyage of discovery
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Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Clancey, William J
Dewey number
629.43/543
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QB641
LC item number
.C54 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mars (Planet)
  • Mars (Planet)
  • Mars Exploration Rover Mission (U.S.)
Label
Working on Mars : voyages of scientific discovery with the Mars exploration rovers, William J. Clancey, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
IEEEMIT810414825
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 310 p., [16] p. of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262305716
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9786613905642
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
ocn810414825
Label
Working on Mars : voyages of scientific discovery with the Mars exploration rovers, William J. Clancey, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
IEEEMIT810414825
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 310 p., [16] p. of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262305716
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9786613905642
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
ocn810414825

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