on or to the surface of a planet (as opposed to in space)
If you mess it up, I'll leave you dirtside and raise without you. Let me see you walk again.
He went dirtside with Sam, dressed in his best and filled with curiosity.
If a man walks in dressed like a hick and acting as if he owned the place, he’s a spaceman. It is a logical necessity. His profession makes him feel like boss of all creation; when he sets foot dirtside he is slumming among the peasants.
But somehow without its ever showing we were better chaperoned than is usual back dirtside.
Probably too late for me, though. I'll have to go live on Earth to have my babies, and no male spacer will give up the Black to stay dirtside with me.
People who couldn’t cut life dirtside and fled to space the way men used to join the French Foreign Legion?
There were three complete sets of spares, but since there was time they decided to grab the new unit from dirtside storage and took the shuttle down, leaving Nicole the only one aboard.
That same week, the Mission Specialists began loading and stowing their gear, the crew spending as much time aboard the spacecraft as dirtside at DaVinci.
If the wizards back dirtside keep their part of the bargain, we could have a working fusion plant by early next year.
It’s just that everyone’s dirtside and there’s no one to stand watch during mealtime.
The third crate, smaller than the second, proved to contain a set of half-armor, lacking built-in weapons and not meant for space, but rather for dirtside combat under normal or near-normal pressure, temperature, and atmospheric conditions.
At least she wasn’t forced to spend much time dirtside.
And can we really afford to have you sitting in a dirtside office as First Lord instead of in a fleet command?
You're afraid that if the bosses, who already think your big brother is a unionizer, find him with unauthorized personnel they maybe won’t bother with a shuttle when they send him dirtside, yeah?
I know three months in zero-G makes you feel like a boiled noodle when you get back dirtside.
Robert Heinlein, "Starman Jones"
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