Seeing like a Rover: Visualization, embodiment, and interaction on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission

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Abstract

Based on more than 2 years of ethnographic immersion with the Mars Exploration Rover mission, this paper examines the representational work and associated embodied practices through which the science and engineering team makes decisions about how and where to move their robots. Building on prior work in Science and Technology Studies on the importance of embodiment to visualization, the paper posits that such practices also contribute to the production and maintenance of social order within the organizational context of the laboratory. It thus places visualization technologies and techniques in the context of the social organization of scientific work, contributing to our understanding of representation in scientific practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-414
Number of pages22
JournalSocial Studies of Science
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

Keywords

  • embodiment
  • human-robot interaction
  • planetary science
  • representation
  • social organization

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