Full record for space exploration n.

Definition the exploration of space
OED requirements antedating 1949
Earliest cite 'Rene LaFayette' 'Forbidden Voyage'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from Rene LaFayette's (L. Ron Hubbard) "Beyond the Black Nebula". Fred Galvin later submitted a cite from another "Rene LaFayette" story, "The Unwilling Hero", which was published two months earlier than "Beyond the Black Nebula". Fred Galvin then submitted a further cite published six months earlier, from "Rene LaFayette"'s "Forbidden Voyage (Startling Stories, January 1949). Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite for the form "space-exploration" from Samuel A. Peeples, David A Kyle, and Martin Greenberg's "A Dictionary of Science Fiction".

Earliest cite in the OED: 1957

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Citations for space exploration n.

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1949 ‘R. Lafayette’ Beyond Black Nebula in Startling Stories Sept. 128/2 But they did not heed him. He was an old man, fifty-eight. And that was old for space exploration.
1949 ‘R. Lafayette’ Unwilling Hero in Startling Stories July 124/1 Space exploration was suddenly popular. Money was abruptly available for it. Plans of conquest of new worlds were formed properly, as they should be, by thinking governments and Man was no longer an insignificant nothing on a minor planet of a minor sun. Man was suddenly tall, suddenly the proprietor of uncounted worlds, possessor of his right, ruler of the Universe.
1949 ‘R. Lafayette’ Forbidden Voyage in Startling Stories Jan. 144/2 In fact, before space exploration had begun, the greater number of people treated it as a subject of laughter and even those who should have known better thought that it was a far, far cry and would be of dubious benefit.
1951 S. A. Peeples et al. Travelers of Space in M. Greenberg Travelers of Space 19 Thus, besides space-exploration (macrocosm), SF writers have journeyed into tiny atomic worlds (microcosm).