esp. in reference to space travel: the type of space that exhibits the physical laws as we know them, in contrast to hyperspace n.
They were moving slowly, in normal space, only four miles a second, so they were falling swiftly toward the planet.
But this is the secret: the ship attains the speed only by going out of space. Nothing in space can attain the speed of light, save radiation! Nothing in normal space. But, we alter space, make space along patterns we choose, and so distort it that the natural speed of radiation is enormously greater. In fact, we so change space that nothing can go slower than a speed we fix.
The attraction of the giant sun was draining the energy from the coils so rapidly now, that at last Arcot was forced to get into normal space, while the planet was still close to a million miles from them.
‘Now then, you feel better. But come, in a few moments we shall leave hyper-space and we will see Sol.’ Already, even as he spoke, the thick, choking cloak of hyper-stuff that clung so closely to the sides of the Flaming Nova was going through those curious changes that marked the beginning of the shift to normal space.
The visor screens blurred and shimmered with crawling colors, flicking back and forth, on and off, as La Cucaracha fought the see-saw between hyper and normal space.
Little old piece of nickel-iron sure raised heck, didn’t it, Mr. Stuart? Come out into normal space for two minutes to get a bearing, and—wham !
Call the captain, ring general quarters. We're going into normal space.
It became an area of stress in which the speed of light went away up—and therefore an area in which the Star Pup could travel hundreds of times faster than in normal space.
They were all in the control area when the bell pinged softly and they broke through, back into normal space. Here, at the galactic rim, most of the stars were massed to one side.
As the ship left the station, we saw the same sun again in jumpspace and in normal space.
Survey Command lost more ships to accidents in normal space than on exploration duties.
Heat washed over my skin, the feeling you get when you make a quantum jump and the suppressor fields aren’t precisely aligned. Five seconds later we were back in normal space.
John W. Campbell Jr., "Islands of Space"
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