News: Small quick blip on their radar. Typical.
Blogs: Loaded with opinions...like mine. Some informed, others not.
Reactions: Generally good. I guess all the SpaceX and Commercial Space haters went into hiding.
In summary, I wouldn't call this a victory, nor would I minimize the accomplishment. It was awesome! It was special, and it was vastly cheaper and better than the Ares-IX test launch. At least this went to orbit. There, I got my jab in. :)
Nevertheless, it's time to turn things around, check the data, do another launch, then ramp up for bigger and better things. All things considered, it was a good day for NewSpace and Government space, as one proved it's worth and the other probably gave a sigh of relief.
Now if we could just get the government to commit to a real plan with a serious deadline, like building a Moon Base in 10 years. :)