I spent a lot of time designing rescue ships that would link with old capsule and take it back to earth.
Were you able to do it?
Only twice. Some of my early designs didn't have a forward hatch. On those I tried to push them down out of orbit, but that generally ended in an explosion.
I had three with hatches, but the first time I brought one down the parachute location on the rescue vehicle caused spin issues, and the original capsule exploded when it hit the ground. I fixed that for rescues 2 and 3. It was really fun matching up the orbits and using RCS to join the ships. Got some cool screen shots laying around somewhere.