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"The idea I want to push next is that the United States should make Siberia a Protectorate. Pay the Russians off a hundred, two hundred billion dollars and simply run Siberia in an ecologically responsible way."
- Gregory Benford

Groundhog  
  Not a space professional.  

Stevens streaked in after him, displaying a groundhog's harmless pride in handling himself well in space conditions.
From Waldo, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1942
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As far as I know, this is an original term created by Heinlein.

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