Mass Spectrometer Lab Used at UMR to Study the Origin & Early History of the Solar System
These two photos show why our conclusions about the origin and composition of the Sun differ from the standard model. On the left is the mass spectrometer used at the University of Missouri-Rolla to measure the abundance of isotopes from various parts of the solar system. On the right is the control panel. Measurement after measurement since 1960, with this instrument and with other modern versions of the mass spectrometer developed by Francis William Aston, repeatedly found evidence that fresh, radioactive supernova debris formed the solar system before isotopes and elements from the different stellar layers mixed. The solar system and the inner planets inherited their present chemical gradients from the supernova that gave birth to the solar system about 5 Gy ago. The standard solar model explains none of the 15 sets of experimental data shown next.