"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
What happens when something even worse than the mere absence of air lies outside your space ship?
Compare to the very early double-door vestibule from John Jacob Astor IV's A Journey in Other Worlds (1894) and the more conventional airlock from Doc Smith's Skylark of Space (1928). Also, see the pressure curtain from Niven and Pournelle's The Mote in God's eye (1974).
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