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 Once a realm dominated by just a few spacefaring nations, the cosmos is opening up to nascent space programs around the world, to entrepreneurs and innovators, to commercial companies and even to students. NBC News, 8 Apr. 2022 The prospects for China supporting the mission seem promising, with the country eager to cement its spacefaring capabilities after already returning samples from the moon, landing on Mars and building a crewed space station in low-Earth orbit. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 6 Jan. 2022 The vision of a trillion-strong spacefaring civilization may lead one to believe that issues such as inequality and poverty ought to be put into perspective. Hari Kunzru, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 For the first time in 4.5 billion years, a creature living on Earth has the ability to do something about this threat by helping humanity to become a spacefaring species. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 11 Feb. 2022 The treaty was negotiated in the shadow of the Cold War when only two nations -- the Soviet Union and the U.S. -- had spacefaring capabilities. CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 Taylor soon realized that his purpose was to help humanity extend its reach into space to become a spacefaring species. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2021 Among the spacefaring nations, the United States is by far the most exposed, operating more than half of all active satellites circling the globe. Rachel Riederer, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Achieve all this and humans will have assured its own survival and become a true spacefaring civilization. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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The first known use of spacefaring was in 1952

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Last Updated

4 May 2022

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“Spacefaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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