Theres a big debate now thats in the news, should Nasa focus on sending men to the moon and then mars, or just Mars. apparently this is a heated subject. Personally I can’t understand why we would go back to the moon. We landed on there 6 times already and it would be wasteful spending to go again. I havent yet heard a response to this argument, but im all down for Mars
Agreed. There are many serious shaiylos regarding the moon including the long-standing question of whether it is made of green cheese and if so, is it chalov Yisroel. Also, could yidden even go to the moon if it meant they wouldn’t be technically able to do Kiddush lavanah. Mars, however, has no such problems so obviously it make sense to go there.
For both destinations, we have an even bigger shaylah of what to do if Moishiach comes and we are both chutz la’aretz and also chutz la’earth. Do all yidden located anywhere in the solar system wake up the following morning in EY?
The moon or mars
Re Kiddush Levana on Mars: Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos. Both are much smaller than Earth’s moon .but closer. Phobos ‘s orbital period is about 7.6 hours and Deimos, being further away, has a period of a little more that 30 hrs, (our moon has an orbital period of 29 days) Which one would be used to calculate the month? Mars’ own year is 637 days and a Mars day is just a few minutes longer than ours. so do the math. Mars year is about 15,300 hours divided by 30 hrs (using Deimos) = 510 months in a Martian year. That should keep you busy.
The resources would be better spent on developing new technologies such as warp drives and transporters.