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WRITER FUEL: How Do Rockets In Space Work Without Air?

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In space, rockets zoom around with no air to push against. What’s their secret?

Turns out, the engines that power rockets are different than the kind of engines that power aircraft or other Earth-based equipment. Rocket engines carry everything they require into space, rather than relying on air.

Like Earthly engines, rocket engines operate using combustion. Since all forms of combustion need oxygen, rockets carry an oxidizer like liquid oxygen up to space with them. That means they don’t have to rely on surrounding air like a car engine does.

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