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"There's a tendency to think that maybe if we can just throw enough hardware at the AI problem, then evolution can take care of the rest. Certainly that's how God went about making us."
- Rudy Rucker

Spacefaring  
  A nation or people who explore and trade in space.  

By analogy to "seafaring".

The Finstera are not a spacefaring people; there was no possibility that the bogie would be identified as theirs.
From Citizen of the Galaxy, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1957
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I think the phrase itself was used previously, as in Ballad of Venus Nell (1942) by NS Bono:

None but the most daring do any space-faring In those lethal, whirlagig niches,
But spacemen all claim that the Bog is aflame With infinite, fabulous riches.

But Heinlein really nails the usage, for my money.

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