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"Science fiction operates a little bit like science itself, in principle. You've got thousands of people exploring ideas, putting forth their own hypotheses. Most of them are dead wrong; a few stand the test of time; everything looks kind of quaint in hind"
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Dirigible Space Armor (Working Space Suits)  
  Heavy-duty space suits for mining work on asteroids.  

Out on an open asteroid, you'd need a heavy-duty space suit for daily mining tasks.

All hands, except McGee, donned dirigible armor. These suits, intended for heavy work under dangerous open space conditions, were of steel, lined with lead and plastifoam, and equipped with small peegee drive units, which propelled them like little ships.
From Collision Orbit, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Astounding in 1941
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Compare to vacuum armor from Skylark Three (1930) by Doc Smith, space-armor from Revolt of the Star Men (1932) by Raymond Z Gallun, Osprey space armor from Salvage in Space (1933) by Jack Williamson, and space armor from Cities in Flight (1957) by James Blish.

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