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Amateur Shoots Mars “Picture of the Year” Sky & Telescope

A California amateur astrophotographer recently received a unique double honor by having two of his Mars images featured in two well-known publications. Wally Pacholka’s portraits of the red planet last July 21st over Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park near Lake Mead were chosen by TIME and LIFE magazines for their respective editions of pictorial highlights of 2003. His photo of brilliant Mars shining through Arch Rock was published as one of TIME’s “Pictures of the Year” last December 22nd, while his image showing the planet next to a formation called Poodle Rock is in LIFE’s “The Year in Pictures.”