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"In 1970 I found little difficulty staying 30 years ahead of the man in the street, and now I find it difficult to stay 18 months ahead of the man on the street."
- Vernor Vinge

Vacuum Wall Compartments  
  Shielding against heat by using walls with evacuated sections.  

A few seconds of exposure to the hellish Mercurian conditions forced no damaging heat through his vacuum-insulated space suit.

He ran to the observatory airlock, worked the knobs to open it. He passed through the double doors to the cool, refrigerated interior of the structure, whose metal walls were heavily shielded against heat by vacuum compartments. Here, Southern explored for several minutes.

From The Achilles Heel, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1940
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