The reason given is... interesting... to say the least. There were plans to send astronauts to a near-Earth asteroid but this is being mulled over as an alternative. After all, those asteroids are pretty small and awfully far away and having one nearby would certainly make it easier.
I was mostly fascinated by a couple of the comments:
Americans are so duplicitous...What they mean is (a)We want an Asteroid so we can smack it into countries, (b) we want an asteroid because we are moving the White House off World in keeping with our plan to be the first emperor of Earth, or (c) because no one can stop us...Mwhahahaha! And...
"Well, the Obama administration has said it wants to send astronauts to a near-Earth asteroid."
Does he know something that we don't? Are we in real trouble and we need to study the pattern of asteroids so we can "catch" a bigger one when needed? Or, does the US just have a couple of billions of dollars to blow on some rocks?
But something bothers me... "
"Astronomers using ALMA have been observing the formation of a young star and its planets around 450 million light years away." Young? It's at least 450 Million years old. Well, I guess that is "young" relative to our own system.