Asteroid of Fear by Raymond Z. Gallun:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Enjoyable yarn describes the travails of an ordinary guy and his little family homesteading on the asteroid Vesta. Although the story contains some improbable elements (like the notion that Vesta is a surface fragment of an exploded planet, but with all of its surface details intact, including alien farm buildings), it has some good science and gives a fitting impression of what it would be like to start a little farm on an asteroid. Someone has to feed those asteroid miners. Select an invention:

Airtight Tent

Asteroid Garden

Asteroid Homesteaders' School

Atom-Driven Drill

Self-Sealing Plastic

 

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