Working on Mars Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers

ISBN-10: 0262526808

ISBN-13: 9780262526807

Edition: 2014

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Geologists in the field climb hills and hang onto craggy outcrops; they put theirfingers in sand and scratch, smell, and even taste rocks. Beginning in 2004, however, a team ofgeologists and other planetary scientists did field science in a dark room in Pasadena, exploringMars from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) by means of the remotely operated Mars ExplorationRovers (MER). Clustered around monitors, living on Mars time, painstakingly plotting each movementof the rovers and their tools, sensors, and cameras, these scientists reported that they felt as ifthey were on Mars themselves, doing field science. The MER created a virtual experience of being onMars. In this book, William Clancey examines how the MER has changed the nature of planetary fieldscience. Drawing on his extensive observations of scientists in the field and atthe 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 programmabletools and analytic instruments work so well for them. He shows how the scientists felt not as ifthey were issuing commands to a machine but rather as if they were working on the red planet, ridingtogether in the rover on a voyage of discovery.Learn more about the book here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZQSWSZnTYs&feature=youtube_gdata
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/12/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342

William J. Clancey is Chief Scientist of Human-Centered Computing in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center, and Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.

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