084: Upon a Star

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In stealth mode, I slipped the ship past the warning beacons and eased into orbit around the brown dwarf star. The trick was to go dark and let gravity do the work.
"Surface temperature?"
"A balmy 174 C. Optimal drilling conditions," The ship's AI burbled.
"Launch probes one through seven." On the monitors, five dots impacted the surface and powered up.
"Collecting samples," the AI chirped.
Once the probes were full and back aboard, I cycled the engines and sped went superluminal. Brown dwarf crystals were a hot commodity, and I had just pulled off the galaxy's greatest jewel heist.

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