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Ars Pro Week Day 3: We promise not to shoot Eric Berger into orbit, Ars Technica

Ars Pro Week Day 3: We promise not to shoot Eric Berger into orbit, Ars Technica

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Ars Senior Space Editor Eric Berger on working at Ars — and why you should subscribe.




I have two goals with my space coverage. One is to get as close to the truth as possible. The second is to kick this industry in the ass so humans actually get out there into the cosmos and begin exploring the worlds around us. I was born a few months after Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt climbed aboard the ascent stage of the Lunar Module, blasted off the Moon, and came home. And I’m rather disappointed that humans have yet to dip their toes into deep space in the nearly half-century since.

I’m not going to live forever, and I’d like to see us do some cool stuff in space in my lifetime, OK? That’s the grand total of my journalism ambition. If your company is more concerned about winning government contracts that never end instead of actually doing stuff, then Ars is going to write about that. And if your main goal is to build a fleet of Starships to settle Mars, well, that’s going to get more favorable coverage. The folks at SpaceX may or may not succeed. It’s a crazy plan. But damn if they’re not going for it.

You know where this is going

So you probably figured out by now that this post is going to ask you to subscribe to Ars Technica. You don’t have to, of course. And if money is tight, please don’t. But if you can afford it, just know you’re supporting fearless journalism.

Look around at a lot of space publications — and make no mistake I like and respect my peers — and see who is sponsoring a lot of the coverage. It’s the big legacy contractors who are building the big-ticket space items like the Space Launch System or Orion spacecraft. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s business. It’s how things work.

But I did not get into the business of journalism to help aerospace companies fatten their coffers. I got into the business of space journalism to figure out what the hell’s going on, ask why we haven’t been back to the Moon in years, and to find those serious about solving these problems. So if you subscribe to Ars, that’s what you’re supporting. Thanks for considering it.

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