It takes two days of space travel, but they eventually make it home.
Prof has a little confession to make during this time: He's been getting updates from Mike about the odds of success, and the numbers have been getting steadily better because they failed at their mission to get the Federated Nations' recognition. Huh…
Mannie supposes he'll never understand high-level tactics.
Prof also tells Mannie about his plans to stop grain shipments to Earth when it is most advantageous.