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James Burke passes away
« on: 08/23/2023 09:19 pm »
The first manager of the Ranger program that developed spacecraft to take photos of the Moon's surface, James Burke, recently died:
https://www.isunet.edu/jim-burke/

My thoughts and prayers are with Burke's family as they pay respects to the man who kickstarted NASA's efforts to explore the Moon with unmanned spacecraft.

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Re: James Burke passes away
« Reply #1 on: 08/31/2023 03:49 pm »
Ah, different James Burke from the UK Broadcaster (still going)

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Re: James Burke passes away
« Reply #2 on: 08/31/2023 03:52 pm »
RIP James......
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Re: James Burke passes away
« Reply #3 on: 09/07/2023 03:48 pm »
Ah, different James Burke from the UK Broadcaster (still going)

Indeed. The late NASA JPL engineer, who I was privileged to meet in the 90s, was often known as Jim e.g. in the ISU announcement, or James D Burke, whereas the science broadcaster and (happily living) legend is almost always called James. I was glad to see the latter did some events in London for the Apollo 11 anniversary, and some BBC radio among other things. One day I hope the BBC will make whatever they have of his series The Burke Special available in some way, the clip below gives a flavour, there is not much else from it on the web afaik apart from some v short clips and a sound recording.

https://www.facebook.com/BBCArchive/videos/1973-the-burke-special-the-economy/615822975457403/
« Last Edit: 09/07/2023 03:49 pm by LittleBird »

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Re: James Burke passes away
« Reply #4 on: 09/07/2023 07:34 pm »
In the interest of keeping this thread focused on the James Burke who died, and not the guy who has not died, I'll mention that after he was removed from the Ranger program, Burke became an advisor to the US intelligence community, where he focused on interpreting intelligence gathered on Soviet spacecraft. We don't know the full extent of his involvement, but he did do analysis of Soviet planetary missions for the CIA et. al. I discussed one project he was associated with here:

https://thespacereview.com/article/4580/1

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Re: James Burke passes away
« Reply #5 on: 09/09/2023 10:48 am »
Jim Burke is featured prominently in one of the first of NASA's "JPL and The Space Age" films, "Destination Moon." It details the fits and starts in the Ranger program, and Jim talks throughout of his trials with it.

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"So you can find the pieces." -Jim, the Steely Eyed

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Re: James Burke passes away
« Reply #6 on: 09/15/2023 02:34 pm »
In the interest of keeping this thread focused on the James Burke who died, and not the guy who has not died, I'll mention that after he was removed from the Ranger program, Burke became an advisor to the US intelligence community, where he focused on interpreting intelligence gathered on Soviet spacecraft. We don't know the full extent of his involvement, but he did do analysis of Soviet planetary missions for the CIA et. al. I discussed one project he was associated with here:

https://thespacereview.com/article/4580/1

He also became a stalwart of the International Space University, for example participating in the 1991 summer session alongside Mikhail Marov https://gc.isunet.edu/ssp22/biobook.php?id=2674  in something of a "two sides of the moon" moment-to make it even more resonant they were joined by ex DNRO  John McLucas.

 

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