Mike Chowla


This was my first visit to Houston. Surprisingly to me, Houston reminded me of Los Angeles. It sprawls out in every direction and has many giant freeways. Los Angeles is a bit denser than Houston but sprawl and reliance on cars to get anywhere are quite similar. The highlight of the visit from a sightseeing point of view was the Johnson Space Center. I was particularly impressed with the Saturn V rokcet. It's massive and recollects a time where we as a nation were more ambitious. JFK's challenge to land a man on the moon by the end of 1960's was a huge national project. In this era, our politics and thus our government is sadly mired in a debate about turning back the clock rather than boldly embracing the future like the Apollo program did.