Seeing like a Rover : how robots, teams, and images craft knowledge of Mars / Janet Vertesi, the University of Chicago Press.

Vertesi, Janet, author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2015]
xi, 318 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Mars Exploration Rover Mission (U.S.) -- Data processing.
Mars (Planet) -- Exploration -- Data processing.
Roving vehicles (Astronautics) -- Automatic control -- Data processing.
Image processing -- Digital techniques.
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 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 processed, manipulated, and interpreted--and all that comes after team members negotiate with each other about what they should even be taking photographs of in the first place. Vertesi's account of the inspiringly successful Rover project reveals science in action, a world where digital processing uncovers scientific truths, where images are used to craft consensus, and where team members develop an uncanny intimacy with the sensory apparatus of a robot that is millions of miles away. Ultimately, Vertesi shows, every image taken by the Mars Rovers is not merely a picture of Mars--it's a portrait of the whole Rover team, as well.
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.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-306) and index.
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