Ad Astra Per Aspera

Kansas State Motto



Kansas geology & topography map from USGS: A Tapestry of Time & Terrain.

Official State Motto of Kansas

The official state motto of Kansas is the Latin phrase; Ad Astra Per Aspera (meaning "To the Stars Through Difficulty"). The state motto appears on the Kansas flag and state seal. All State Mottos



"Ad Astra" statue on state capitol building dome in Topeka, Kansas; Ad Astra is a Kanza warrior (Kanza are the native American Sioux tribe for whom Kansas is named). The Name "Ad Astra" comes from the Kansas state motto; "Ad Astra per Aspera."  Photo by Chris Murphy/Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution/no derivative works).

Kanza warrior statue