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Learning from the Mars Rover Mission: scientific discovery, learning and memory

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Learning from the Mars Rover Mission: scientific discovery, learning and memory
Purpose Knowledge management for space exploration is part of a multi-generational effort. Each mission builds on knowledge from prior missions, and learning is the first step in knowledge production. This paper uses the Mars Exploration Rover mission as a site to explore this process. Approach Observational study and analysis of the work of the MER science and engineering team during rover operations, to investigate how learning occurs, how it is recorded, and how these representations might be made available for subsequent missions. Findings Learning occurred in many areas: planning science strategy, using instruments within the constraints of the martian environment, the Deep Space Network, and the mission requirements; using software tools effectively; and running two teams on Mars time for three months. This learning is preserved in many ways. Primarily it resides in individual's memories. It is also encoded in stories, procedures, programming sequences, published reports, a...
Charlotte Linde
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Type Journal
Year 2006
Where JKM
Authors Charlotte Linde
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