space·​far·​ing | \ ˈspās-ˌfer-iŋ How to pronounce spacefaring (audio) \

Definition of spacefaring

: having vehicles capable of traveling beyond the earth's atmosphere spacefaring nations

Examples of spacefaring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The space station's pending retirement also raised big questions about how the United States will continue its partnerships with other spacefaring nations. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Here's how NASA fared under Trump," 2 Nov. 2020 In the big picture, Weeden said, this dustup between NASA and AST is more evidence that the US government—and other spacefaring nations around the world—needs to do a better job ensuring that low-Earth orbit remains as debris-free as possible. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA objects to new mega-constellation, citing risk of “catastrophic collision”," 2 Nov. 2020 Lee also used this spacefaring opportunity to test a drug with the potential to simultaneously strengthen both muscle and bone. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Space Mice Return to Earth, Mighty as Ever," 11 Sep. 2020 This assertion reflects that Russia, more than any other spacefaring nation, has historically dominated the exploration of Venus—and seeks to preserve its preeminence there. Leonard David, Scientific American, "Is There Life on Venus? These Missions Could Find It," 23 Sep. 2020 In 1967, as the US and the Soviet Union sprinted to develop their spacefaring capabilities, concern grew that world powers might use space as a staging ground for weapons of mass destruction. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "AI regulators can learn a lesson from the 1967 Outer Space Treaty," 11 Sep. 2020 The spacefaring feline was part of a 15-minute suborbital mission in 1963. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Félicette, the First Cat in Space, Finally Gets a Memorial," 28 Jan. 2020 American spaceflight has changed so much since then—the propulsion systems that power the missions are more sophisticated, the people who fly them are more likely to be women, and competition among spacefaring countries has become friendlier. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Spaceflight Is Back in America," 3 Aug. 2020 All Access shows bend over backward to build trendy device anxiety into the spacefaring canon. Darren Franich,, "Why are all these science-fiction shows so awful?," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of spacefaring

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spacefaring

space entry 1 + seafaring

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“Spacefaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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