Yeah, a manned sample and return mission to lunar orbit? Why not just have the probe return with a coffee-can full of material and just splash-down with it? They multiplying the costs by a very large amount and pushing the schedule back to 2025.
I would think the only reason for sending a manned mission to the recovered asteroid is to do anything required to process it into useful materials, since any sampling could be done with a second probe tele-operated from Earth.
Why wouldn’t the original capturing device be made to collect samples and return to earth –something like escape pods?
Sending astronauts must have a sophisticated purpose that requires judgment a machine cannot yet make