Per aspera ad astra

"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

Military and government




  • Mentioned in anime Astra Lost in Space on the Ark Series Spaceship which is later named as ASTRA.

Educational and research institutions







  • 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
  • Technology Research and Incubation Centre, Dimapur, Nagaland


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


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



  • MNDF Fire and Rescue Services Training School, K.Viligili

New Zealand


  • Ilupeju College, Ilupeju, Lagos
  • Lagos Secondary Commercial Academy, LASCA
  • Kalabari National College, Buguma, Rivers State
  • Oriwu Model College, Igbogbo, Ikorodu





  • Far Eastern University - Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, Quezon City
  • St. John Paul II College of Davao, Davao City
  • Rosevale School, Cagayan de Oro City
  • Juan R. Liwag Memorial High School, Gapan City
  • Cagayan State University, Tuguegarao City



Saint Vincent and the Grenadines



  • Prva gimnazija Maribor, Maribor
  • Gimnazija Jesenice, Jesenice
  • Gimnazija Škofja Loka, Škofja Loka

South Africa

Sri Lanka

  • St. Paul's Girls' School, Milagiriya, Colombo District, Western Province



  • Gymnasium #1 after V. Chkalov, Buston, Khujand, Sugd region


United Kingdom

United States

Fraternities and sororities

  • Beta Sigma Psi National Lutheran Fraternity[32]
  • Sigma Gamma Phi – Arethusa Sorority[33]
  • Korp! Amicitia – Estonian student sorority.
  • Freemasons-Knight's Templar, 32nd Degree
  • K.Ö.St.V. Almgau Salzburg - Austrian Catholic Student Association[34]
  • K.a.V. Danubia Wien-Korneuburg im ÖCV - Austrian Catholic Student Association

Popular culture


  • As part of the official team crest of Arendal Football
  • As part of the team crest of the former Collingwood Cricket Club.
  • 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[40]
  • The theme of "POR CC XXI" by Kolese Kanisius Jakarta
  • Part of a custom paint job in World Of Tanks
  • Tradewinds Swiss[41]
  • Space Development Network[42]
  • Part three of the book Jepp who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh has the phrase as its title.[43]
  • Appears in Morse code on the track titled "Sounds of Earth" on the Voyager Golden Record that has copies aboard the Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft that are currently in interstellar space. [44]

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