It must have been over two hours later that a huge torpedo set in motion by the forces of the Black Emperor, struck the ship. The explosion rolled her completely over, and tore a jagged though not disabling hole in her side. The air puffed out from the control room compartment, but the men who labored so feverishly there, were clad in heavy space armor, and aside from being badly bruised they were unhurt.
His ‘planet’ was the smallest in the solar system, and the loneliest, Thad Allen was thinking, as he straightened wearily in the huge, bulging, inflated fabric of his Osprey space armor.
With what might have been a fragment of his old active spirit, Jan Van Tyren donned space armor.
In the midst of the old man’s speech he had backed out into the vestibule and turned down the hallway to an airlock. There hung space-armor, into which he fairly plunged, making its metal-mounted fabric airtight with a single tug of the seal-zipper. On went metal-shod sandals, the heavy girdle that supported oxygen tank and breathing apparatus, and the helmet, a transparent globe clouded against the pitiless sunrays of space.
Seventeen million of the Loard-vogh died in the Battle of Sol, and more than half of them perished because Terran spores crept into chinks in their space armor. Chinks so small that they do not permit loss of air to space.
If I’d looked up that moment sooner, I’d have seen what they were like, even in space armor—human or what.
The space armor was awkward and bulky, a model which had been obsolete long before Hardesty left Earth, and its metal was patched and battered. There was no air-tank. A thick-leafed vine coiled around the square old-fashioned helmet, across the shoulders and down the back, like ivy on an ancient university building.
But at the end of the grace period, when Torrance was issuing space armor, Yamamure reported something new.
It looked like his legs and waist were encased in the bottom half of space armor!
I doubt the Spaceknight is in any real degree stronger than either of them, nor is his matte black space-armor significantly more durable than their gravimetrically shielded bodies.
Raymond Z. Gallun, The Revolt of the Star Men
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