Okay, so I'm seeing the original Alien rebooted on the ISS? Yeah, plausible because the ISS and its biology lab (which is on Columbus, IIRC) is probably the single best isolation lab possible for a xenobiology investigation.
Moon Base! You'd have some gravity; isolation would be easier; etc. Great place for physics-stuff, too - let alone astronomy.
You can do other tests such as X-ray fluorescence... Cyclotrons, which I have utilized is but one method of analysis...
Quote from: Rocket Science on 01/27/2017 03:30 PMYou can do other tests such as X-ray fluorescence... Cyclotrons, which I have utilized is but one method of analysis...My general point is that the technology for doing the analysis is on Earth. If you decide to do the analysis off-Earth, you either have to move most/much of that technology off-Earth, or you have to accept lower quality analysis. That's why it makes no sense. That's why it's a bad idea. That's why nobody who works on planetary protection issues takes it seriously.
Still, it would make for a great science fiction short story when the bugs escape and turn everybody on the space station into zombies: "Houston, BRAINS! Over."
It's called 'atmospheric lighting'. Which is odd because The Andromeda Strain proved that you can do 'dramatic' with painfully bright laboratory-level lighting.
I have long thought that you could do a parody of those TV tropes. For instance, have the cops in the super-modern police station marvel at how great and high-tech everything looked, then wander into the morgue and have a coroner cursing how dark it was in there. "How am I expected to do an autopsy in this low light?!" he'd yell, and curse that the lights could not be made brighter.