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Radiation-Proof Oxygen Suit  
  A specialized space suit for use in radium mining on Jupiter.  

Enormous atmosphere transports had carried them to radium-rich veins under the red heavens, and intrepid Earthman — dredgers and miners — had operated them in ghastly loneliness of spirit in a world where human beings moved with the slowness of exhaustion, incased in protective suits that weighed two hundred pounds, and wearing upon their feet immense shoes that mushroomed on the surface that was neither liquid nor solid, but an amalgam alien to Earth.


(Oxygen Suit from 'Red Storm on Jupiter' by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.)

Miners and dredgers. Both terms were in a sense misnomers. The sluggish, heavy tides of the Jeel’s crust solidified in spots to a consistency that merited the adjective “solid,” and it was in such curdled areas that the radium deposits clustered like glowworms about a central matrix whose every pulse was worth a fortune in gold and diamonds.

He had been dredging continuously for three hours. In a non-conductive belt which encircled his massive oxygen suit the garnering of his day’s toil emitted radioactive emanations capable of destroying life on all the Jovian out-posts, actinic rays more deadly than the most lethal salts and corrosive acids. On Earth radium was the rarest of known elements and had to be patiently isolated from tons of uranium residues. But on Jupiter radium existed in a free state in the turgid, semiliquid crust area.

From Red Storm on Jupiter, by Frank Belknap Long, Jr..
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1936
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