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Shaping Science: Organizations, Decisions, and Culture on NASA's Teams

Janet Vertesi


In Shaping Science, Janet Vertesi draws on a decade of immersive ethnography with NASA’s robotic spacecraft teams to create a comparative account of two great space missions of the early 2000s. Although these missions appear to feature robotic explorers on the frontiers of the solar system, bravely investigating new worlds, their commands were issued from millions of miles away by a very human team. By examining the two teams’ formal structures, decision-making techniques, and informal work practices in the day-to-day process of mission planning, Vertesi shows just how deeply entangled a team’ ... More

Keywords: science studies, social organization, NASA, space, technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226691084
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226691114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Vertesi, author
Princeton University