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The theme for World Space Week 2023, “Space and Entrepreneurship”, recognized the growing significance of the commercial space industry in space, and the increasing opportunities for space entrepreneurship and new benefits of space developed by space entrepreneurs. With miniaturization and decreasing launch costs, it is now possible for a small business to build and launch a small satellite, and for entrepreneurs to create valuable new data products for governments and industry. 
World Space Week 2023 inspired students worldwide to study STEM and business as well as serving as a forum for important discussions on the transition of Low Earth Orbit to a more entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

World Space Week 2023 Highlights 

  • The Chilean Antarctic Base organized a special WSW event, interacting with students in Chile via satellite.
  • It was announced during World Space Week that luxury fashion powerhouse Prada has been signed on to design spacesuits for NASA’s Artemis III lunar mission. This mission will see the first woman and first person of colour walk on the surface of the Moon.
  • International Astronomical Union’s Office for Astronomy Outreach ran its 100 Hours of Astronomy program from 1-4 October. It is a round-the-clock, global celebration of astronomy with 100 hours of continuous activities.
  • Cosmic Girls™ Foundation launched a global competition and charity, aiming to empower and catapult girls from all socio-economic backgrounds into space and STEM careers, providing a chance to win a suborbital spaceflight experience, and fostering talents through comprehensive astronaut training and education across six continents.
  • On the first day of World Space Week, Disney revealed an addition to the Mission: SPACE attraction – a realistic Martian surface, including Perseverance rover footprints and soil sample tubes.
  • The Rwanda Space Agency concluded a week-long national campaign to boost awareness of its space vision and upcoming conference, aligning with World Space Week celebrations.
  • In honor of World Space Week, National Geographic has released a brand new The Space Race featurette that weaves together the stories of Black astronauts.
  • Humming for PEACE, which connects the world through humming and engages in peace activities, held a WSW event on October 10 in Japan, connecting people from several countries.
  • HITN TV Channel in the United States broadcasted special programming dedicated to space documentaries and short pieces highlighting World Space Week.
  • EDYE children’s streaming service streamed a selection of space-themed children episodes in the United States and all of Latin America, reaching an estimated 50 million homes!
  • Organized by Bethesda Softworks and the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), a Twitch livestream of the space game Starfields drew the attention of over 15,000 enthusiastic participants.

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