So, way back last year when we were coming up with a name for Mach 30, we also decided on a tag line (something to help communicate what type of organization we are). The tag line we choose was “Foundation for Space Development”. It is part of our logo, and shows up as part of the page title on all of our web pages (thanks to a setting in Drupal).
Since sometime in the spring, I have wondered if there is a tag line that would more closely capture our values/goals and that could inspire us and future volunteers. One idea that came to mind was to follow along the lines of what some other groups have done, which is to quote Virgil with “ad astra“, literally latin for “to the stars”. Some groups simply use “ad astra”, while others use classic variations like “ad astra per aspera” (to the stars through difficulties), and there is at least one modern variation – “ad astra per alia porci” (to the stars on the wings of a pig). All of this got me to thinking, could there be a Mach 30 twist on ad astra?
So, I started talking with Greg, and we went through lots of ideas (I think Greg had like 25 at one point), all trying to capture the sense of collaboration, openness, etc of our mission. And then I remembered a presentation Greg gave at a conference in March – Reclaiming the Dream: A community based approach to space exploration, what about “to the stars through community“?
The result, is “ad astra per civitas”. I have talked to a few other board members, and so far there is a general sense of approval. What I am wondering is
- What do people think? (both in terms of revisiting the tag line/motto, since I just kind of ran with an idea without checking it out, and in terms of this specific idea)
- Is this something that people think can be used in place of “Foundation for Space Development” in our printed materials or should it be reserved for other use? (assuming question #1 shows support from the group for the motto)