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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Astrogator  
  A person who acts as navigator for s space ship.  

This appears to be the first instance of this word.

Surely a complete faith in the laws of mathematics and astronomy must be the first requisite of the interplanetary astrogator.
From The Conquest of Space, by David Lasser.
Published by Not Known in 1931
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Compare to astronaut from The Death's Head Meteor (1930) by Neil R. Jones, space pirate from Evans of the Earth-Guard (1930) by Edmond Hamilton, spacedog from A Question of Salvage (1939) by Malcolm Jameson, space marines from Misfit (1939) by Robert Heinlein, rocketeer from Sunward Flight (1943) by Leo Zagat and space cadet from Sunward Flight (1943) by Leo Zagat.

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