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[[File:Comet Burke.jpg|thumb|''Burke'' approaches [[Mars]] in [[2155]]]]
 
[[File:Comet Burke.jpg|thumb|''Burke'' approaches [[Mars]] in [[2155]]]]
'''''Burke''''' was the designation of a [[comet]] [[orbit]]ing [[Sol]] until the mid-[[22nd century]].
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[[File:Comet Burke schematic.jpg|thumb|Data file on ''Burke'']]
   
[[Verteron]] pulses from the [[Martian]] [[verteron array]] altered ''Burke''{{'}}s course in [[2147]], causing it to fall toward [[Mars]] for use in the Martian [[terraforming]] project. Nearing the end of its journey the comet's nucleus measured 15 [[Measurements|miles]] across, surrounded by a 100,000 mile coma. ''Burke'' impacted on Mars' northern polar icecap on a January dawn in [[2155]].
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'''Burke''' was the designation of a [[comet]] [[orbit]]ing [[Sol]] until the mid-[[22nd century]].
   
[[File:Comet Burke schematic.jpg|thumb|left|Data file on ''Burke'']]
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In [[2147]], Burke was redirected by the [[verteron array]] on [[Mars]] for impact on the [[planet]]'s [[north pole]] as part of the [[terraforming]] project aimed at thickening the [[atmosphere]] in [[2155]]. In that year, [[Jonathan Archer]], [[captain]] of the [[Enterprise (NX-01)|''Enterprise'' NX-01]], took advantage of Burke's approach to stop [[John Frederick Paxton]], leader of the xenophobic terrorist group [[Terra Prime]], from using the verteron array to destroy [[Starfleet Headquarters]]. Using a [[shuttlepod]], Archer and a small team from ''Enterprise'' approached Mars behind the comet, hiding in the tail. As the comet began to enter Mars's atmosphere and break up, the team began to experience increasing turbulence and difficulty in maintaining control of the pod. Despite this, the pod's [[pilot]], [[Travis Mayweather]], was able to follow the comet all the way to the surface, breaking away immediately before impact, successfully concealing their approach from Paxton. ({{ENT|Terra Prime}})
[[Captain]] [[Jonathan Archer]] of the [[Enterprise (NX-01)|''Enterprise'']] (NX-01) used ''Burke'' as cover for his approach to Mars, to avoid detection by [[John Frederick Paxton]] of the [[Terra Prime]] movement. [[Ensign]] [[Travis Mayweather]] flew the party's [[shuttlepod]] in treacherous conditions within the comet's tail, behind the nucleus, until breaking away just before the comet's planet-strike. ({{ENT|Terra Prime}})
 
   
 
{{bginfo|The [[audio commentary]] for {{e|Terra Prime}} suggests it was named for [[John Burke]].}}
 
{{bginfo|The [[audio commentary]] for {{e|Terra Prime}} suggests it was named for [[John Burke]].}}

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Comet Burke

Burke approaches Mars in 2155

Comet Burke schematic

Data file on Burke

Burke was the designation of a comet orbiting Sol until the mid-22nd century.

In 2147, Burke was redirected by the verteron array on Mars for impact on the planet's north pole as part of the terraforming project aimed at thickening the atmosphere in 2155. In that year, Jonathan Archer, captain of the Enterprise NX-01, took advantage of Burke's approach to stop John Frederick Paxton, leader of the xenophobic terrorist group Terra Prime, from using the verteron array to destroy Starfleet Headquarters. Using a shuttlepod, Archer and a small team from Enterprise approached Mars behind the comet, hiding in the tail. As the comet began to enter Mars's atmosphere and break up, the team began to experience increasing turbulence and difficulty in maintaining control of the pod. Despite this, the pod's pilot, Travis Mayweather, was able to follow the comet all the way to the surface, breaking away immediately before impact, successfully concealing their approach from Paxton. (ENT: "Terra Prime")

The audio commentary for "Terra Prime" suggests it was named for John Burke.
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