Few pictures in the collective human eye have undergone such frequent and dramatic alteration as our view of Mars. From a map of canals built by an intelligent civilization to the high-tech 3-D and infrared images of today, Mars has been utterly transformed right in front of our eyes in just a few generations. The summer of 2003 will present a unique opportunity to view and photograph Mars. It will be closer to Earth than since many millennia before photography was invented. Amateurs will turn moderate-sized telescopes toward the ruddy point of light in hopes of discerning features — the north polar cap, storm clouds, or perhaps even dark surface markings.