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

Face-Plate  
  The transparent front of a space suit helmet.  

First use of this phrase.

Back in the control room, Dunark and Sitar let their pressure decrease gradually to that of the terrestrial vessel and removed the face-plates from their helmets
From Skylark Three, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1930
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Compare to the transparent space-helmet from The Sargasso of Space (1931) by Edmond Hamilton and the space helmet from The Disc-Men of Jupiter (1931) by Manly Wade Wellman.

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