The plan to have stunt pilots in helicopters catch a returning satellite didn’t work.
I think NASA were just thinking too low-tech. They need to take a leaf out of the European Space Agency’s book. They manage to get a probe looking at the dark side of the moon and suddenly they’re talking about setting up a lunar DNA repository.
I’m starting to feel like I’m living in a science fiction novel. When I read about toxic waste eating bacteria, I can even name the specific book.