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You are right, but it's usually per aspera ad astra which means, by hardship to the star. Success is gained through difficulty.

If you don't mind my saying so it's a very appropriate signature. In bocca al lupo for your thesis!

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon Dec 31st, 2007 at 12:38:47 PM EST
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Thank you!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2007 at 12:45:36 PM EST
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Apparently it's the motto of the state of Kansas.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2007 at 01:03:15 PM EST
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And in a slightly different take, the RAF - per ardua ad astra.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2007 at 02:16:18 PM EST
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