This Space Stock is About to Go to the Moon

"In layman's terms, we're going to shoot some missiles into space and knock it off course."

I was standing under a massive jet-black dome at the University of Vienna. From the outside, you could easily think the building was another ornate monument left over from the Austro-Hungarian empire.

But it wasn't. This was an observatory, and I was staring at a gigantic telescope.



When it was inaugurated in 1883, it was the largest refracting telescope in the world. One of my contacts in Vienna is a post-doctoral PhD student in the university's astrophysics department. After we toured the observatory, she invited me to a special lecture.

I've been a fan of science fiction novels since I was a kid and couldn't pass up the chance to geek-out on outer space. The presentation was about a...

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