Per aspera ad astra

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"Per aspera ad astra", from Finland in the Nineteenth Century, 1894

Per aspera ad astra (or, less commonly, ad astra per aspera) is a popular Latin phrase meaning "through hardships to the stars".

The phrase is one of the many Latin sayings that use the expression ad astra, meaning "to the stars".


Various organizations and groups use this expression and its variants.

Governmental entities[edit]

Military and government[edit]



Educational and research institutions[edit]


United States[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]






  • Escuela Nacional de Música, Tegucigalpa
  • Instituto Salesiano San Miguel, Tegucigalpa


  • Clarence High School, Bangalore, Karnataka, India - Motto of Redwood House (Ad Astra)
  • St.Augustine's High School, kalimpong, District:Darjeeling, India
  • Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi, India
  • The Frank Anthony Public School,Kolkata,India
  • The Frank Anthony Public School, Delhi, India - Motto of Ranger House
  • St Joseph's High School, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
  • Antonio D'souza High School, Mumbai, India


  • Immaculate Conception High School, St. Andrew
  • Mount Alvernia High School, Montego Bay


  • St. Francis Church, Tokyo, West-Hachioji, Gnosis Essene (HP)


Macau SAR, China[edit]

New Zealand[edit]






Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[edit]



South Africa[edit]

Sri Lanka[edit]


Fraternities and sororities[edit]

Popular culture[edit]


  • A plaque honoring the astronauts of Apollo 1 at the launch site where they perished.
  • A tribute exhibit to the Apollo 1 Astronauts "Ad Astra Per Aspera - A Rough Road Leads to the Stars" opened on January 27, 2017, the 50th anniversary of the loss of the crew, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
  • Inscribed on the crest of Pall Mall cigarettes packages[29]
  • The theme of "POR CC XXI" by Kolese Kanisius Jakarta
  • Tradewinds Swiss[30]
  • Space Development Network[31]
  • Part three of the book "Jepp who Defied the Stars" by Katherine Marsh has the phrase as its title.[32]

See also[edit]


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  25. ^ "transcript from the September 17, 2011 episode of A Prairie Home Companion". 
  26. ^ Rev. Andy Ferguson. "Church Street United Methodist Church: February 20, 2001". 
  27. ^ "Ghost B.C. Store". Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  28. ^ "A Nameless Ghoul From Ghost B.C. Speaks About ‘Infestissumam,’ the Devil + More". Loudwire. Retrieved 2013-08-04.
  29. ^ "Pall Mall". History of Cigarette Brands. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  30. ^ "Test Tradewinds Swiss". 
  31. ^
  32. ^ Jepp who Defied the Stars, p. 225, at Google Books