Full record for Earthward adj.

Definition facing toward the planet earth
OED requirements antedating 1940
Earliest cite Robert Heinlein, 'Requiem'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Manly Wade Wellman's "The Solar Invasion". Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from Planet Comics. Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1957 reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Requiem" which Mike Christie verified in its 1940 first publication. Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from John W. Campbell, Jr.'s "The Moon Is Hell!".
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Citations for Earthward adj.

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1934 D. Wandrei Colossus in Before Golden Age 468 Almost regretfully, he sent the White Bird flying Earthward, and the crag-strewn, jagged, white ruin of the Moon's surface fell swiftly away, paled into softer outline, until once again, like a silver disk in the sky, it floated glowing and lovely and bathed in soft radiance.
1945 ‘T. Herrick’ Lost World in Planet Comics Nov. 1 Attention earth patrol! King of Volta killed and assassins earthward flee. Stand by to search in western hemisphere for five earthlings. One Volta form bears. On his hand royal ring wears.
1946 M.W. Wellman Solar Invasion in Startling Stories Fall 18/1 Quickly Joan set the beam-mechanism which would serve as a tow-rope between her own craft and the Comet, and within five minutes they had cleared Asteroid No. 697 on the Earthward trail.
1947 ‘M. Leinster’ Skit-Tree Planet in Thrilling Wonder Stories April 49/2 The Galloping Cow, in fact, exactly fitted her name by her outward appearance, as she galloped Earthward through emptiness.
1947 J. Williamson Equalizer in Astounding Sci. Fiction Mar. 6/1 Interstellar Task Force One was Earthward bound, from twenty years at space.
1948 Planet Comics Nov. 32 Future explorers will find a great variety of danger and adventure on this, the smallest world of the solar system. Mercury is only 36,000,000 miles from the sun, closer than any other planet. Because it does not rotate, the sunside is a molten inferno, while the earthward side has eternal night, and is frozen solid.
1951 J. W. Campbell Moon Is Hell! 10 Dr. James Harwood Garner was the leader of this party of carefully chosen men, and in the name of the United States of America, he claimed the so-called dark half of the moon. Half a world! Millions, tens of millions of square miles of utterly barren surface, surface never seen by Terrestrian eyes, save when, five years before, Capt. Roger Wilson had circumnavigated the moon twice, landing for two brief days on the Earthward side, and had claimed that.
1969 R. C. Meredith We All Died At Breakaway Station in Amazing Stories Mar. 85/2 Call it a hunch, or call it clairvoyance, call it whatever you like, yet Absolom Bracer somehow knew that they had lasted long enough, somehow new that the single Jillie warship off Breakaway had not been enough to destroy the station, somehow knew that Admiral Mothershed's report had reached Port Abell and was even then being beamed Earthward.
1975 J. Williamson Salvage in Space in Early Williamson 155 Only one legible entry did he find, that on a page torn from the book, which somehow had escaped destruction. Dated five months before, it gave the position of the vessel and her bearings–she was then just outside Jupiter's orbit, Earthward bound–and concluded with a remark of sinister implications.