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"Generally, the human race avoids doing anything radical until forced into it."
- Frederik Pohl

Space-Tent  
  A small, portable air-tight structure used on the lunar surface.  

We saw that the air-purifiers connected with our oxygen helmets were ready for twelve days of service without further attention, packed up some concentrated rations, a supply of water, our space-tent, a camera and various other things needed for exploration. Then we started out.

I believe that it will be well for me to give a brief description of our space-tent here, for this piece of equipment was certainly sufficiently novel. It was a tiny light-weight shelter, made of a cold-resisting, rubber-like material supported on a -metal framework. It was absolutely airtight and its walls were built to resist normal earthly atmospheric pressure. Eating and drinking were impossible, of course, when we were incased in our space-armor, and so when mealtime came around, while we were away from the rocket, it was necessary for us to put up our tent and remove our heavy impedimenta. That tent looked mighty serviceable even though we never got a chance to use it. Why. a fellow could even enjoy a quiet smoke inside of it! It rolled up into a compact little bundle that was easy to carry.

From The Lunar Chrysalis, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1931
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