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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Chin Window  
  An aperture that allows an astronaut to see his own feet (greater field of view).  

Well, I think this is a great idea, but I don't think there is one. Yet.

Another thing space suits should have is rear-view mirrors. While you are at it, add a window at the chin so that you can see where you step...

You need a chin window to let you see what you're doing, too!

From Have Space Suit - Will Travel, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Scribners in 1958
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If you have a totally transparent, Golden Age of Science Fiction bubble-shaped helmet, you don't need a chin window! Compare to the space-helmet from The Sargasso of Space (1931) by Edmond Hamilton.

Found this item on Atomic Rockets.

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