Full record for astrogate v.

Definition to navigate in space
OED requirements antedating 1941
Earliest cite R.A. Heinlein, 'Common Sense'
Comment Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Common Sense"; Mike Christie verified it in the original 1941 magazine version.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1942.

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Citations for astrogate v.

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1948 R. A. Heinlein Space Cadet 70 And you laddies expect to learn to astrogate! Better by far you should have gone to cow colleges.
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1980) xx. 185 You want to raise the ship, so you want me to astrogate.
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1980) xx. 186 I'll astrogate—shucks, I suppose it's all right to call me the astrogator, under the circumstances.