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 that means "through hardships to the stars". The phrase is one of the many Latin phrases that use the expression ad astra, meaning "to the stars".

Uses[change | change source]

Various organizations and groups use this expression and its variants.

Governmental entities[change | change source]

Military and government[change | change source]

Literature[change | change source]

Music[change | change source]

Educational and research institutions[change | change source]

Australia[change | change source]

Austria[change | change source]

Botswana[change | change source]

Ecuador[change | change source]

Estonia[change | change source]

Honduras[change | change source]

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

India[change | change source]

  • 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

Jamaica[change | change source]

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

Japan[change | change source]

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

Macau SAR, China[change | change source]

Maldives[change | change source]

New Zealand[change | change source]

Nigeria[change | change source]

Norway[change | change source]

Pakistan[change | change source]

Paraguay[change | change source]

Philippines[change | change source]

  • 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

Romania[change | change source]

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[change | change source]

Slovakia[change | change source]

Slovenia[change | change source]

South Africa[change | change source]

Sri Lanka[change | change source]

Sweden[change | change source]

Ukraine[change | change source]

United Kingdom[change | change source]

United States[change | change source]

Fraternities and sororities[change | change source]

Popular culture[change | change source]

Others[change | change source]

  • As part of the official team crest of Arendal Football
  • 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[41]
  • The theme of "POR CC XXI" by Kolese Kanisius Jakarta
  • Part of a custom paint job in World Of Tanks
  • Tradewinds Swiss[42]
  • Space Development Network[43]
  • Part three of the book Jepp who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh has the phrase as its title.[44]
  • 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. [45]

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