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"I think we could solve our problems more easily through strength of character; but that's always been a commodity in extremely short supply."
- Gregory Benford

Space Tanned  
  A tan acquired by being exposed to sunlight while outside the atmosphere.  

How can you tell if a person is no mere groundhog?

The silence had gone on for several moments when a solidly built man of medium height spoke up. His hair was slightly grizzled - unusual in that group - and his face looked space tanned.
From Methuselah's Children, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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This is an early use of this colorful phrase, but not the earliest. Compare to space-tanned from Edmond Hamilton's 1938 novelet Murder in the Void.

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