Photographs of the missile site construction underway at San Cristobal, Cuba, October 14, 1962.
On Tuesday, October 16, intelligence and photographic experts briefed the Ex Comm about the photographs. Robert Kennedy later recalled that meeting:
"[The experts] told us that if we looked carefully, we could see there was a missile base being constructed... I, for one, had to take their word for it. I examined the pictures carefully, and what I saw appeared to be no more than the clearing of a field... I was relieved to hear later that this was the same reaction of virtually everyone at the meeting, including President Kennedy."