The work of the IAC (International Astronautical Congress) 2012 ended on 5th October, the largest international congress dedicated to space, the 63rd edition of which was marked by a record attendance.There were 3300 participants involved in the event, from 83 countries, amongst them the heads of several international space agencies and leading representatives of institutions, the scientific community and the sector industry.Naples saluted the IAC with this extraordinary success and now passes the baton to Beijing, the city chosen to host the 2013 edition of the congress.One important change marked the IAC 2012: approximately 30% of the total number of participants was made up of students who, for the first time in the history of Congress, were able to follow the various meetings with the most authoritative experts in the field of space.In order to bring young people closer to the world of space the Italian Space Agency and the organizing committee devised specifically dedicated activities and on the last day of the IAC, the "Citizen’s Day", which allowed the public to visit the stands of the Overseas Exhibition, the exhibition centre of Naples that hosted the event."It's difficult to simply define the total count of this year's IAC. It was - said the President of the ASI Enrico Saggese – a record congress for attendance, types of visitors and the topics covered. We betted on an edition open to all at Naples, focusing on the young, and the response has been outstanding. With IAC 2012, the city and the region showed the world the industrial, university and organizational potential of this territory"."I want to thank - continues Saggese – the local institutions for believing in this challenge and the organizing committee for the work and the professionalism given. It was a particularly important moment for the ASI. Next to the usual presence of the heads of the major international space agencies at Naples also came those of the developing countries, some of which have signed cooperation agreements in different space sectors. A fruitful opportunity to further expand our international relations".