Ad Astra Mod

Ad Astra is another space-exploration-styled mod for Minecraft. With it installed, you can build Rockets, fly to other planets and solar systems, or even set up space stations. It’s possible to visit the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, and Glacio within the Proxima Centauri system.

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Space Suits

One of the critical requirements before heading into Space is a Space Suit. Three different tiers are available: the Space Suit and Netherite Space Suit, and eventually, you will create the Jet Suit.

Jet Suit
Jet Suit

The standard Space Suit will allow you to survive in less dangerous locations, like the Moon. Mining the resources, there is where you’ll eventually create the Netherite Space Suit, which allows you to survive in harsher environments, like those on Mars and Venus.

Finally, you will be able to create the Jet Suit. It’s very similar to the Netherite Space Suit, except it has Jet Packs built in, allowing you to fly throughout hostile worlds, avoiding dangerous lava pools. But to survive on other planets, these suits need to be provided with Oxygen.


The Oxygen Loader should be crafted to load a Space Suit with Oxygen. It will also need power, which can be done using a Coal Generator. Place it either perpendicular to the Oxygen Loader, or connect it with cables.

Oxygen Loader Recipe
Oxygen Loader Recipe

Inside the Oxygen Loader, Buckets of Water can be placed inside, turning it into Oxygen. This Oxygen can then be placed inside Oxygen Tanks and consumed as if they’re a food item, which will cause them to enter your suit. Alternatively, you can directly add Oxygen to a Space Suit, which is recommended.

When traveling to other planets, bring plenty of Oxygen to survive for at least an hour. Otherwise, you might die and return to the Overworld, losing anything you left behind. It’s also a good idea to create an Oxygen Distributor.

Oxygen Distributor Setup
Oxygen Distributor Setup

Oxygen Distributors can also receive Water and distribute Oxygen in a localized area instead. That way, you can create bases on other planets and breathe freely without a Space Suit. Though this process is quite expensive and tricky to set up, using a Fluid Pump and an infinite water source is best.

Mod Progression

As you progress through the Ad Astra mod, you can travel greater distances. This comes with improved Space Suits and higher-tier Rockets, which allow you to travel further.

There is some progression to the mod, as some materials you might need to reach Mars are only available on the Moon. And progressing to Venus and Mercury might require you to mine for materials on Mars instead.

Optifine Compatibility

If you are using Optifine, it’s possible that some features of Ad Astra won’t work. These issues arise when transferring energy or materials between blocks, such as power from a Coal Generator to an Oxygen Loader. Therefore, it’s recommended not to use Optifine or Iris if you are on Fabric.

Ad Astra Mod Download

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How to Install

If you haven't already, make sure to install Forge, or install Fabric for Minecraft. It's a simple process and takes just a few minutes. Once your mod loader is installed:
  1. Download the mod for your Minecraft Version. It will be a .JAR file.
  2. Take this file, and place it in the 'mods' folder of your Minecraft directory. If this folder doesn't exist, create it. The easiest way to access your Minecraft directory is opening the game, going to Resource Packs and pressing the 'Open Resource Pack Folder' button.
  3. Once it's inside the mods folder, run Minecraft with the Forge or Fabric preset selected. The mod will be installed and can be played with in-game.