Acknowledgements & Disclaimer

This document is a piece of personal and private research, and contains a wealth of information obtained from a variety of publicly available internet sources. All sources are linked (except those supplied by individuals), and all material used is the copyright of the original owner of that material. No breach of copyright is intended, nor should it be inferred. Any use of such publicly available material is considered to be fair use. The opinions contained within this document are those of the author, and do not reflect the opinions of any of organisations from which material has been sourced.

Many individuals and organisations have contributed directly or indirectly to this document: David Woods from the Apollo Flight Journal, Eric Jones from the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal and Philip Plait from the Bad Astronomy website contributed useful information and supportive comments. Jean Phillips from the University of Wisconsin very helpfully provided ATS satellite images. Mike Willmott from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology provided a useful triptych of NIMBUS 3 images. Jody Russell from NASA's Johnson Space Centre sent high resolution images from Apollo 15. Colin MacKellar from Honeysuckle Creek sent a helpful newspaper clipping containing a contemporary weather map. My thanks go out to all of the aforementioned for their patient responses to random and probably very strange sounding requests.

I should acknowledge a debt of gratitude to the Apollo doubting pondlife swimming in the cesspool of conspiracy websites out there on the internet, insisting for all they are worth that 2+2=5. Without your witless idiocy, clueless gullibility, crass stupidity, blatant ignorance and proudly defiant wallowing in your poor level of education and basic lack of science knowledge this work would not have been inspired. You’re wrong, deal with it, you brainless morons, but without your nonsensical adherence to a discredited and baseless lie I would never have rediscovered the Apollo missions I witnessed as a child and the heroic age of engineering, science and exploration it represents. Thanks.

Finally, my thanks go out to the photographers: Wally Schirra, Donn Eiselle, Walter Cunningham, James McDivitt, Rusty Schweickart, Frank Borman, James Lovell, William Anders, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Tom Stafford, John Young, Eugene Cernan, Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, Alan Bean, Jack Swigert, Fred Haise, Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, Ed Mitchell, David Scott, Al Worden, James Irwin, Charles Duke, Ken Mattingly, Jack Schmitt and Ron Evans.

For Neil Armstrong, whose honour and integrity I defend herein.

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