To propel a rocket into space, a propellant is used, which is a mixture of a fuel and an oxidizer. There are liquid and solid propellants or a hybrid mix. One specific fuel type with liquid petroleum is similar to highly refined kerosine. It is called RP-1. The reason this fuel is used and not jet fuel is because jet fuel left a tar-like residue in the engine and RP-1 fuel burned cleaner. Solid propellants are easier to store since they require room temperature. Liquid propellants often require extremely cold temperatures (-253 degrees C) for storage.
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