Full record for spacefaring n.

Definition traveling in space
OED requirements antedating 1942
Earliest cite N. Bond 'The Ballad of Venus Nell'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite for "space-faring" from Nelson Bond's "The Ballad of Venus Nell"

Earliest cite in the OED is a 1959 cite from Poul Anderson's "Virgin Planet"

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for spacefaring n.

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1942 N. S. Bond Ballad of Venus Nell in Planet Stories Spring 60 None but the most daring do any space-faring In those lethal, whirlagig niches, But spacemen all claim that the Bog is aflame With infinite, fabulous riches.
1979 A. C. Clarke Fountains of Paradise 155 Into the automatic mines, production plants and zero-gravity assembly systems had gone much of the engineering genius of the human race, painfully acquired during two hundred years of spacefaring.
1981 C. J. Cherryh Pride of Chanur (1991) iv. 61 A communicative, spacefaring species, hitherto unknown, in a position to have come into kif hands without passing through more civilized regions.
1990 P. Anderson Inconstant Star in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) ii. 181 Planetsiders seldom had any notion of the complications in spacefaring.
2000 A. Reynolds Revelation Space xii. 201 But eventually—two or three billion years after life had first arisen on their homeworlds—some of these cultures had become spacefaring.