Full record for space-crew n.

Definition the crew of a spacecraft
OED requirements antedating 1939
Earliest cite Lester del Rey, 'The Luck of Ignatz"
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1943 cite from "One Way Trip" by Anthony Boucher (pseudonym of William Anthony Parker White)
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1959 reprint of Lester Del Rey's "The Luck of Ignatz": Mike Christie verified this in its original publication (Astounding Science Fiction, August 1939)
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Citations for space-crew n.

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1939 Astounding Sci.-Fiction Aug. 15/1 In an emergency, no group of men on Earth can do the work that a space-crew can turn out in a scant half-hour, and these were all seasoned star-jumpers; to them the lack of gravity was a help rather than a hindrance in the swift completion of the work.
1943 ‘A. Boucher’ One-Way Trip in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 87/2 ‘What I'd even like,’ Uranov went on heatedly, ‘is to work in a little propaganda at the end on this Martian business—show how a true living peace can function. You know, a sort of “Join the space crews and see another world” whoozit. And, God, there is something you can get really excited about. To think of those—how many is it, near thirty now?—who've made the landing, accomplished man's impossible dream, and died there, on a bitterer one-way trip than any criminal ever made, all because this peaceful world—’