space travel n.
travel through outer space
1923 Dubbo Liberal & Macquarie Advocate 21 Sept. 3/4
Space travel will immediately be as effective and as cheap as that in the air or on the earth.
Noting that you have already made a successful trip to Venus, and not having ourselves as yet conquered the problems of space travel, we invite you to visit us on Neptune.
Baby on Neptune in Amazing Stories Dec. 793/2
Ten years of research on liquid and solid rocket fuels had convinced him space travel would not be achieved by that clumsy, wasteful means.
Conquest of Life in Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug. 30/2
But I do expect space travel and I expect it soon.
Letter 16 Mar. in R. A. Heinlein & V. Heinlein Grumbles from Grave (1990) 43
He fanned out his detectors to maximum sensitivity, but was unable to discover any trace of space travel.
Exile in Astounding Science Fiction Jan. 32/2
I read an article on space travel in some butcher-paper science-fiction magazine…. He…spent almost an hour showing me—with figures and formulae—why space travel was unlikely, impracticable, and very close to being a scientific impossibility.
Jazz Then, Musicology Now in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 107/2
‘And what was this hope?’… ‘Space travel. It’s an ancient dream for them.’
Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere ix. 136
One thing about space travel: even when you’re in a hurry, it takes a long time to get where you’re going, because everything is extremely far away.
Machine viii. 111
Research HistoryFred Galvin located a cite in a 1950 reprint of "A Baby on Neptune" by Clare Winger Harris and Miles J. Breuer, M.D., and Jeff Prucher verified it in the 1929 original publication.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Elizabeth Bear.
Simon Koppel submitted a 1923 example from a newspaper database.
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