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About Houston Houston ( (listen) HEW-stən) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas, fourth most populous city in the United States, most populous city in the Southern United States, as well as the sixth most populous in North America, with an estimated 2019 population of 2,320,268. Located in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, which is the fifth most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, with a population of 7,066,141 in 2019.Comprising a total area of 637.4 square miles (1,651 km2), Houston is the eighth most expansive city in the United States (including consolidated city-counties). It is the largest city in the United States by total area, whose government is not consolidated with that of a county, parish or borough. Though primarily in Harris County, small portions of the city extend into Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, bordering other principal communities of Greater Houston such as Sugar Land and The Woodlands.
The city of Houston was founded by land investors on August 30, 1836, at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou (a point now known as Allen’s Landing) and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837. The city is named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and had won Texas’ independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles (40 km) east of Allen’s Landing. After briefly serving as the capital of the Texas Republic in the late 1830s, Houston grew steadily into a regional trading center for the remainder of the 19th century.The arrival of the 20th century saw a convergence of economic factors which fueled rapid growth in Houston, including a burgeoning port and railroad industry, the decline of Galveston as Texas’ primary port following a devastating 1900 hurricane, the subsequent construction of the Houston Ship Channel, and the Texas oil boom. In the mid-20th century, Houston’s economy diversified as it became home to the Texas Medical Center—the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.
Houston’s economy since the late 19th century has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. Leading in healthcare sectors and building oilfield equipment, Houston has the second most Fortune 500 headquarters of any U.S. municipality within its city limits (after New York City). The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. Nicknamed the “Bayou City” “Space City”, “H-Town”, and “the 713”, Houston has become a global city, with strengths in culture, medicine, and research. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston is the most diverse metropolitan area in Texas and has been described as the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the U.S. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.
The Houston Rockets are creating a new GreenHouse effect in the …
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.
The superstars are stepping up as expected, but the Houston Rockets are establishing another force that could give them the edge needed to win it all.
The knock on the Houston Rockets has often been that they’re too reliant on one man. The criticism has been understandable, as it has frequently been the supporting cast that goes cold in big moments. Through three games in the bubble, however, there are signs that this could be changing for Space City.
The Houston Rockets are creating a new GreenHouse effect in the …
When Daryl Morey picked up Jeff Green in the middle of the season, it was a low-risk, high-reward move. Green had shown up in just 30 games with the Utah Jazz before being waived. The Rockets saw value in what he could bring to the team, however, given his versatility and size.
So far, the experiment couldn’t have worked out much better for both sides. The 33-year-old is shooting a career-high 41.8 percent from beyond the arc, where the Rockets make their living.
In turn, Green is getting what he’s wanted all along in his NBA career: to play an important role on a team contending for an NBA championship. So far in his three games on the Orlando campus, Jeff is averaging 13.7 points to go along with 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game on 43.8 percent shooting.
Green is coming off his best performance as a Houston Rocket, scoring 22 points and pulling down six rebounds in 28 minutes of action. Although the Rockets lost, much of that was in part to missing open shots and having rare off nights from their stars.
The Houston Rockets are getting a full House in Orlando
Much like Jeff Green, Danuel House has stepped up well as a utility player for Houston. After scoring 13 points total in the final three games before the NBA shut down, House immediately pitched in 20 in the team’s restart debut against the Dallas Mavericks.
House followed that performance up with a 16-point, four-rebound showing against the Milwaukee Bucks in which he made a crucial steal in the final minute of the game to seal the victory for the Rockets.
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After briefly giving up his starting role to Eric Gordon in the warm-up games last month, Gordon’s ankle injury has opened the door for House to thrive in what should have always remained his role — as a starter.
House is averaging 17.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in three games. In his first 64 games, he was a 10.2 points-per-game scorer.
Too often in the past, the Rockets have only been able to rely on their one star and hope that a combination of role players can also get hot at the right time.
The emergence of Green and House Version 2.0 has given Mike D’Antoni more weapons to rely on.
Time will tell if this GreenHouse Effect can continue their reliable contributions in the playoffs — after all, Rockets’ fans have been fooled before.
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For now, let’s appreciate what they’re doing to help Houston get into a prime position for the playoffs.
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