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Working on Mars provides an enlightening look at running a robotic exploration mission like Spirit and Opportunity -- and now Curiosity -- and its implications for the future of space exploration itself. -- Jeff Foust The Space Review

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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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Superb in several disciplines 29 Oct. 2012
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A superb ethnography deserving to be read by a much larger audience than it's likely to get. This is how the anthropology of technology use should be done, what an STS lab study should look like, and how powerful insights into the changing practices of field and laboratory science should be analyzed.

Clancey performed an ethnography of the Opportunity/Spirit Mars rover teams, and witnessed a new synthesis in planetary science: field scientists working indoors alongside lab scientists to analyze data obtained through engineering efforts in real time. More than a collaboration, this was a transformation, with potentially profound impacts on the practice of science in an age of robotics, teleoperations and distributed teams.

Clancey breaks down the ancient humans vs. robots trope in planetary exploration to show that there's never a versus, only an and, with different emphases and practices in different environments.

This book deserves to be a must-read for a range of disciplines.
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Gift for father in law 5 Feb. 2013
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Father in law loves Mars and space-related topics. This was one of the few books he did not already own.
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somebodies thesis 23 Mar. 2013
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I find with a lot of material from MIT press you are getting somebodies thesis. This seems to be the case with this book. I didn't find it all that engaging and left it about a third of the way through. No real issues with this book, competently written and so on just not written for a mass market. Though if you're into anthropology you might find it worth a read.
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