Full record for spacefarer n.

Definition one who travels in space
OED requirements antedating 1941
Earliest cite in Thrilling Wonder Stories
Comment Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1971 cite from Poul Anderson's "A Little Knowledge". Jeff Prucher submitted a 1941 cite from an editorial feature in Thrilling Wonder Stories.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1974.

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1940 Thrilling Wonder Stories Mar. 117/1 Venus Expedition Number One signs off for good in this issue, and we bid farewell to that gallant band of explorers. Gordon A. Giles' band of spacefarers is a hardy lot, and it has been exciting to watch them unravel the mysteries of the cloudy planet, discovering enigmatic pyramids on its surface, as on Mars and Earth.
1971 P. Anderson in Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Aug. 108/2 After all, with the hyperdrive opening endless wonders to them, spacefarers tended to choose the most obviously glamorous.
1985 G. Bear Eon (1998) 22 They were spacefarers, originally assigned to the near-Earth orbit platforms and now working the distances between Earth, Moon and Stone.
1987 G. Bear Forge of God (1988) 78 Edward had always sided with the scientists who thought Earth too puny and out of the way to be of interest to potential spacefarers. Of course, that was geocentrism in reverse.
1993 A. C. Clarke & G. Lee Rama Revealed 10 The purpose of the Rama series of spacecraft was to acquire and catalogue as much information as possible about spacefarers in the galaxy.
2000 A. Reynolds Revelation Space xii. 201 Unrestricted, any of these spacefarers could have dominated the entire galaxy in the totally inconsequential time of a few tens of millions of years.