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Placing outer space : an Earthly ethnography of other worlds

Author: Lisa Messeri
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2016.
Series: Experimental futures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In Placing Outer Space, Lisa Messeri traces how the place-making practices of planetary scientists transform the void of space into a cosmos filled with worlds that can be known and explored. Making planets into places is central to the daily practices and professional identities of the astronomers, geologists, and computer scientists Messeri studies. She takes readers to the Mars Desert Research Station and a NASA  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Messeri
ISBN: 9780822361879 0822361876 9780822362036 0822362031
OCLC Number: 926821450
Description: x, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : from outer space to outer place --
Narrating Mars in Utah's desert --
Mapping Mars in Silicon Valley --
Visualizing alien worlds --
Inhabiting other Earths --
Conclusion : navigating the infinite cosmos.
Series Title: Experimental futures.
Responsibility: Lisa Messeri.


Lisa Messeri traces how planetary scientists-whether working in the Utah desert, a Chilean observatory, or the labs of MIT-transform celestial bodies into places in order to understand the universe  Read more...
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"A first-rate example of ethnographic research into the epistemological frameworks that shape the work of astronomers engaged in planetary science. Messeri has produced a superb discussion of how Read more...

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