From the round Earth’s imagined corners
we look up at the night sky with childhood wonder,
and dream of travelling to the stars…

The ad astra vita project

Byzantine, Gold Openwork Bracelet Set with Gems and Pearls, 6th century. 10.5 x 9.5 x 4.0 cm; weight: 239.6 g. Private Collection, North America


Just as this intricate sixth century Byzantine bracelet is made of many different but individually beautiful components, Australia’s capacity to contribute to advancement of the space life sciences comes from a diverse range of institutions, organisations and individuals, all with an important role to play in the teamwork required to take humans into space.


This strikingly illustrated mid-fifteenth century Italian chant book underlies the importance of knowledge in understanding the world around us and our ability to “sing from the same song sheet”. Access to information grants us knowledge and opens up new means of collaboration and learning.


The Icelandic Vikings established the world’s first parliament, the Alþing (“Althing”) in 930AD at Þingvellir, the “assembly fields”. The multi-faceted work of the Lögrétta (the legislative assembly) required diverse problem-solving skills. Our own consultancy team employs the same approach, enabling it to provide a wide range of services and adapt to different contexts and requirements.

The Horsehead Nebula

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

albert einstein

About Us

The ad astra vita project aims to “spread the word” about Australian involvement with the space life sciences, imparting this information to both local and international audiences, provide resources related to aerospace and extreme medicine, and offer a space health consultancy. It is a philanthropic initiative.

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Our place on Earth

~ The Earth at night by NASA/NOAA: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/images/324350main_11_full.jpg
~ Byzantine bracelet: https://detroitartreview.com/2017/12/culture-at-the-crossroads-toledo-art-museum/
~ Mediaeval chant book: http://ds.lib.berkeley.edu/PlimptonMS040A_20
~ Thingvellir: https://www.thingvellir.is/en/history/the-law-rock/
~Horsehead Nebula: https://fourcornersaustralia.com/2016/11/27/nightscapes-of-the-southern-sky-part-2/