A Valentine from NASA
They want to capture a small asteroid and put it into lunar orbit so it can be studied at our leisure.
THAT is the sort of balls-out mission NASA hasn’t had in a very long time. They’re targeting a 20′-40′ asteroid, or a comparable sized chunk of a larger asteroid. That’s planetary system engineering. And it arguably moves us, for the first time, up a notch on the Kardashev scale — if not all the way to Type I, then at least Type Nought-Point-V or so.
And it gives the moon a moon of its own.