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"My feeling is that the chance of our surviving into the twenty-first century as working civilization is less than fifty percent but greater than zero."
- Isaac Asimov

Meteor-Spotting Radar  
  A device to warn spacecraft of oncoming meteors.  

This is an early reference to a necessary device for space travel.

The sweep of ... meteor-spotting equipment would pass a spot in micro-microseconds at a hundred miles...

Spacecraft were protected from meteors by means of radar that was coupled to the steering panels of the ships; when a meteor threatened, the ship merely turned aside by that fraction of a degree that gave it safety.

From Recoil, by George O. Smith.
Published by Street and Smith in 1943
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Not that spacecraft range the solar system without concern for orbiting rocks:

Like all long-range cruises, the Empress of Kolain will hoist herself slightly above the plane of the ecliptic to avoid the swarm of meteors that follow about the Sun in the same plane as the planets...

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