Stone takes the container holding the Andromeda slice, opens a hatch on a metal tube, and inserts the container into the tube. He closes the hatch and turns a knob on the side of the tube. The container travels to Dutton’s workstation at the electron microscope.
“Sample in the button and sealed, Charlie,” says Stone to Dutton. “Start the vacuum pump.”
Dutton throws a switch, starting the chugging sound of the vacuum pump.
The manufacturing plate of the electron microscope is shown:
Leavitt appears on a video screen. “Stone, can I see you?” asks Leavitt. “I have the results of the growth cultures.”
“No, we can’t leave now,” says Stone. “We have an Andromeda cell in the E-M.”
Stone turns to Dutton. “Okay, Charlie, let’s put it on the screen.”
Dutton turns a knob and presses a button. On the large monitor with a caption that says “79,000 X”, a geometric pattern appears.
“Let’s run it through the computer for contrast expansion,” says Stone. Dutton throws a few more switches. The scene changes to full-color, with the same geometric pattern in green and the caption now saying “CON EX: 79,000 X”
“Stone?” says Leavitt, walking into the lab.
“What do you think?” asks Stone, pointing at the screen.
“Looks like – ” begins Leavitt.