Meaning of ad astra per aspera*

ad a•stra per a•spe•ra

Pronunciation: (äd ä'strä per ä'spe-rä" Eng., ad as'tr&schwa p&schwar as'p&schwar-&schwa), [key]
— Latin. Latin.
  1. to the stars through difficulties: motto of Kansas.
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