"...the people dealing with these new technologies will still be derived from the human stock we're familiar with today."
As far as I know, this is the first instance of this word anywhere. Instead of referring to a person who travels in space, it is the name of a space vessel.
The first use of "astronaut" in the sense of a person who travels in space is found in The Death's Head Meteor (1930) by Neil R. Jones; see the entry for astronaut.
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