"We're the backup team," Rione said in disgust.

She tossed the tablet over to Hutch, who scanned the news quickly and grunted. "The bastards. We're the better crew. They're just more famous."

Appins decided this was his moment. "That's why I asked to join you guys even though Montgomery wanted me on his crew," he said.

Rione snorted. "You wanted launch on a redundant mission? You? From what I've seen, you're the kind of guy who only does something if it's likely to land you in the history books."

"I don . . .

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