‘Vac suits,’ he said. ‘There are two and a spare.’ They got into them, shuffled through the airlock, and stood still, the first humans on an undiscovered world.
Along the way, I learned the ins and outs of an ion-pulse drive and a stressed-field generator; and I served my time in vac suits, working outside under the big black sky that wrapped all the way around and seemed to pull at me like a magnet that would suck me away into its deepest blackest depths, every hour I spent out on a hull.
Comm Tech Sheila Brandt knelt on the cold, naked stone, cramped and uncomfortable in her vac-suit, and carefully clipped the probes of the meter she held in her hand to a set of terminals on the device embedded in the stone.
Which was why I spent an average of twelve hours every day on the Lunar surface in a smelly vacsuit either being broiled by a too-hot sun or struggling to keep my toes from frostbite.
I want you to get over to the pro shop and get yourself fitted for a vac suit.
He began putting on a vacsuit, pausing before he sealed the helmet.
She cut the circuit and whirled to her own locker. She jerked it open and yanked out her vac suit and shed her kimono in one flowing movement, then sat on the edge of the bed and shoved her feet into the suit.
Surreptitiously, Travis touched the helmet of his vac suit, fastened securely beside his station. Knowing it was there made him feel marginally safer. Marginally.
L. Brackett 'Child of the Sun'
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