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8th of July 2021
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. The theme for NAIDOC week in 2021 is "Heal Country!" which calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

ADAPs have previously noted the Wajarri naming of ASKAP antennas and last year's Wiradjuri naming of the telescopes at Parkes: today's image reveals that the 70m dish at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) was also given an Indigenous name when it was opened in 1973. As it is part of NASA's Deep Space Network, the name Ballima was chosen as it means "very far away".

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