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About Rockets
A rocket (from Italian: rocchetto, lit. ‘bobbin’) is a missile, spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicle that obtains thrust from a rocket engine. Rocket engine exhaust is formed entirely from propellant carried within the rocket. Rocket engines work by action and reaction and push rockets forward simply by expelling their exhaust in the opposite direction at high speed, and can therefore work in the vacuum of space.
In fact, rockets work more efficiently in space than in an atmosphere. Multistage rockets are capable of attaining escape velocity from Earth and therefore can achieve unlimited maximum altitude. Compared with airbreathing engines, rockets are lightweight and powerful and capable of generating large accelerations. To control their flight, rockets rely on momentum, airfoils, auxiliary reaction engines, gimballed thrust, momentum wheels, deflection of the exhaust stream, propellant flow, spin, or gravity.
Rockets for military and recreational uses date back to at least 13th-century China. Significant scientific, interplanetary and industrial use did not occur until the 20th century, when rocketry was the enabling technology for the Space Age, including setting foot on the Earth’s moon. Rockets are now used for fireworks, weaponry, ejection seats, launch vehicles for artificial satellites, human spaceflight, and space exploration.
Chemical rockets are the most common type of high power rocket, typically creating a high speed exhaust by the combustion of fuel with an oxidizer. The stored propellant can be a simple pressurized gas or a single liquid fuel that disassociates in the presence of a catalyst (monopropellant), two liquids that spontaneously react on contact (hypergolic propellants), two liquids that must be ignited to react, (like kerosene (RP1) and liquid oxygen, used in most liquid-propellant rockets) a solid combination of fuel with oxidizer (solid fuel), or solid fuel with liquid or gaseous oxidizer (hybrid propellant system). Chemical rockets store a large amount of energy in an easily released form, and can be very dangerous. However, careful design, testing, construction and use minimizes risks.

Rockets drop one against Portland but gain something big in the …

About against
Against may refer to:

Against (album), a 1998 album by Brazilian metal band Sepultura
“Against” (song) the title track song from the Sepultura album
Against (American band), an American thrash band
Against (Australian band), an Australian hardcore punk band

James Harden Damian Lillard (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets had another close game, this time coming up short against the Portland Trail Blazers, but they gained something important on the way.

The Houston Rockets lost their first game of the regular season restart in the bubble on Tuesday, losing 110-102 in yet another game that came down to the last few seconds.

Rockets drop one against Portland but gain something big in the …

James Harden was held under 25 points for the second straight game, scoring just 23 on 17 shots. Harden also missed some key 3-point shots down the stretch that could’ve propelled Houston to victory. Harden did, however, get double-teamed and trapped all game long, but countered them by being a willing passer, ending the night with nine assists.

Russell Westbrook struggled Tuesday night, shooting just 35.7 percent from the field. He made up for it by moving the ball around, ending the night with nine assists of his own.

Robert Covington also struggled shooting the ball, going 2-for-11 from the field. He will need to be effective shooting the ball if the Rockets want to get far in the postseason. So far in the bubble, Covington has underperformed for the Rockets on the offensive end.

The Silver lining for the Houston Rockets

While Houston may have dropped one against Portland, there was one main positive takeaway from the game. Danuel House continued to show why he deserves to be in the starting five, even when Eric Gordon returns to action.

Fresh off of his clutch steal and great game in the previous outing, House scored 17 points in Tuesday’s loss against Portland. He continues to be effective at the 3-point line, shooting 40 percent on 10 shots.

He also showed off his finishing skills by driving into the lane, hitting tough layups, and drawing fouls. House has provided Houston with great defense from every area of the court, great hustle minutes, and a consistent offensive output night after night

Houston should continue to increase House’s minutes, as he has been a great asset for them during their time in the bubble.

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Houston now looks to face the Los Angelas Lakers on Thursday.