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Off-Planet  
  Away from a planet, towards another or into space.  

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People came to Niflheim, and worked the mines and uranium refineries and chemical plants, but they did so inside power-driven and contragravity-lifted armor, and they lived on artificial satellites two thousand miles off-planet.
From Uller Uprising, by H. Beam Piper.
Published by Twayne Publishers in 1952
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