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20th of June 2023
The CDSCC 70m antenna, DSS-43
The Deep Space Station 43 (DSS-43) antenna at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) was constructed in 1969 to 1973 as a 64-metre diameter antenna. DSS-43, which has the indigenous name "Ballima", was extended from a 64-metre diameter antenna to a 70-metre diameter in 1987 to enhance its capabilities for the Voyager 2 1989 encounter with Neptune. The reflector surface is made up of 1,272 aluminium panels with a total surface area of 4180 square metres. As is apparent in the image above, the outer panels are perforated, allowing wind and rain to pass through them. (Image credit: @CanberraDSN)

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