On pp. 158-160, there is a passage from van Rijn's pov set inside the spaceship Mercury. For a previous post about this voyage, see here.
The Mercury's cargo is van Rijn's usual:
No wine because this will be a rough trip. But no coffee either? We later learn that tea will be a successful Terrestrial export. It will eventually be grown throughout the Merseian Roidhunate.
For this trip, van Rijn is captain and his cabin contains:
The crew is:
Rafael Torres (usually a captain), mate;
Petrovich and Seiichi (also usually captains), engineers.
lifts from Quito Spaceport;
waits in orbit for clearance;
accelerates out on negagrav;
HG Wells' character, Cavor, would have been pleased to hear that negative gravity is used.
Van Rijn imparts some wisdom to Torres:
there are very few certainties;
it is necessary to live by probabilities;
"'...make the odds favor you...'" (p. 160);
in the long run, you will be ahead;