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"Real science opens windows for us to look through. We're right at the footsteps of the most interesting scientists around."
- Larry Niven

Escape Port  
  Emergency egress from a space ship for one person.  

Big passenger space liners had special safety features for each cabin.

...Suddenly he grinned, pointed to a circular steel plate in the wall.

"How about the escape port?"

...Each of the cabins was fitted with an escape port, a miniature airlock. In the event of a crash or fire, the passengers had only to don space suits to escape into the void, where possible rescue ships might pick them up...

He swung open the airtight plate, revealing a cylindrical space in which one person might lie.

"It all works automatically. When this inner door is closed, the outer one opens, then shuts again. The rush of escaping air forces the person in the lock out."

From Hell Ship of Space, by Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr..
Published by Amazing Stories in 1940
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Compare to the escape pods from Star Wars (1976), by George Lucas. Also, the entry for the ablative heat shield from Triplanetary (1934) by E.E. 'Doc' Smith, has more information about escape designs.

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