Clouds Across the Moon was written by accident. While searching for ways to prove to stupid people that they were wrong and we did go to the Moon (which they are and we did), it occurred to me that there had been weather satellites at the time of Apollo.
After a bit of searching, I discovered a variety of sources for satellite photographs, and set about matching them with Apollo images of Earth.
This turned into a long and ever expanding project trawling the internet for satellite photographs, video clips, newspaper photographs and any other source I could find and writing it up for every mission -
I’m not the only person this has occurred to, but this is the only place you’ll find a comprehensive analysis of each Apollo mission’s images of Earth. There have been many revisions along the way as I’ve found errors in my logic or new sources. The current incarnation is a work in progress to convert to mission days as the format, mainly to keep the page sizes more manageable and to allow for easier addition of new material.
The result is below. You can either read the entire pdf document or you can read through the web pages that I created from that pdf. Please bear in mind that the web version gets updated more frequently than the pdf, and some things (like video links) may be omitted entirely.
Each mission is covered in turn, starting with the lunar ones. Missions are divided into calendar days, with launch day being day 1, regardless of how close to midnight the launch is. Day 2 starts on the midnight after launch. Figures are numbered related to the day they are examined on, which makes for complex looking numbers, but it is much easier to add new information as and when it’s uncovered.
It’s not perfect, I may still be wrong in my interpretation in places, but one fact remains: we went to the moon, the photographs of Earth are proof of it.