Stone is cutting thin sections of Andromeda to prepare slides for the electron microscope. They watch the operation on a magnified screen.
“That’s a good slice,” says Stone as a small green square appears on the micro blade. “Too thick,” he adds.
More slices appear on the blade.
“I’m setting it at eight hundred angstroms, Hall,” says Stone, adjusting a few knobs on the device. “I’m going to a higher magnification.”
A rainbow of slices appears on the screen. “Now, we’re getting somewhere,” says Stone.
“Yeah,” says Hall. “A piece can’t be more than a few molecules in depth.”
“That’s the one! That silver one,” says Stone, as another slice appears on the screen.
“THIS IS A VELOVAC ALERT, ALL LEVELS,” says an announcement. “THIS IS A VELOVAC ALERT.”
Stone uses tweezers to put the slice into a small metal container.
“ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES ARE NOT REGISTERING ON THE D-I-R,” says another announcement.
Stone puts a tiny cap on the container.