Full record for space-borne adj.

Definition carried through space; also, carried out in space or by means of instruments in space
OED requirements antedating 1950
Earliest cite J. D. MacDonald 'Shadow on the Sand'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Michael Shaara's "Be Fruitful and Multiply". Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite, that used the spelling "spaceborn", from John D. MacDonald's "Shadow on the Sand".

Earliest cite in the OED: 1953

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Citations for space-borne adj.

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1952 M. Shaara Be Fruitful and Multiply in Space Sci. Fiction Nov. 56/1 Three intelligent races had already been discovered. Not yet advanced, but capable of advancing. Eventually there would be found a space-borne civilization on a level with Man. And Man would have to be ready.
1960 P. Anderson High Crusade (1982) xiii. 77 Even though his information about us, our powers, and our possible spaceborne reinforcements was scanty, I think Huruga should have ordered the heavy wagons onward.
1972 M. Bradley Darkover Landfall vi. 68 Although eventually it may be possible to become spaceborne, with our current personnel and materials, we cannot make repairs at all.
1979 B.M. French Once & Future Moon in O. Davis Omni Bk. of Space 210 The moon in the near future could become a source of materials to build humanity's first spaceborne civilization.
1983 M. Z. Bradley Thendara House (1991) iv. 71 One of the Big Ships was there, a ground crew crawling over it, servicing the spaceborne monster which had come here‥because Darkover was a convenient way station on the way to somewhere else.
1988 A. C. Clarke 2061: Odyssey Three 68 Considering the rush to get Universe spaceborne, it was surprising that such a good job had been done on something so spectacularly non-essential.
1999 P. Anderson Operation Luna xlviii. 305 Val had blurted an account of herself after she was spaceborne.
2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star xiv. 432 And each of the gas-giant Trojan points, with their broad cluster of medium-sized planetoids, accommodated thriving spaceborne societies.
2005 I. M. Banks Algebraist i. 37 Sal had let the flier slip four hundred metres or so into the shadows under the intact forward portion of the hull—climbing gently all the time, following the mangled, buckled floors and collapsed bulkheads forming the terrain beneath them—until they could see only the slimmest sliver of violet, star-spattered sky outside and felt they ought to be safe from whatever spaceborne craft—presumably a Beyonder—had been attacking anything that moved or had recently been moving on the surface.