Before the smoke cleared from Tuesday’s unsuccessful launch of the Antares cargo rocket in Virginia, a number of Russian media outlets, nationalist bloggers, and regular RuNet users were beaming with national pride. The Americans had screwed up, and in the field of rocketry, where Russian patriotic pride is especially intense.

Russian media outlets have surfaced evidence that the Antares rocket’s components aren’t Russian, though the missile does include a Russian-made NK-33 engine, modified by American and Ukrainian designers. RT is catching flack online, where social media users noticed that the news network described the Antares as a “Russian-American rocket” in 2013, after several successful launches, but suddenly called it an “American-Ukrainian” missile, when it blew up. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog