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"This is a predictive tool I've used: There are goals we've sought for ten thousand years, and we'll go on seeking them. Instant transport and travel, immortality (or at least longevity and miracle cures.), instant learning …"
- Larry Niven

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.
Technovelgy 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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