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Facebook v. SpaceX, Part III: Meltdown and splashdown

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is honeymooning in Italy while Facebook's stock heads ever-southward, a week and half after its disappointing IPO — possibly the most disappointing big IPO in U.S. business history.

Meanwhile, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is sitting in a control room in Hawthorne, Calif., tweeting away as his space exploration startup caps the best two weeks for the U.S. and space since Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American to visit space in 1961.

Facebook meltdowns while SpaceX splashes down! You can't beat the symmetry for these two California companies. (For what it's worth, Facebook should be OK. A $60 billion market-cap company is nothing to sneeze at.)

So SpaceX's Dragon capsule did indeed successfully detach from the International Space Station, survive atmospheric re-entry, deploy chutes, and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja earlier today. As of 11:34 a.m. Pacific Time, it "looks good," according to Musk. So it hasn't sunk. It isn't on the barge yet, to head back to port.

I've embedded the video of the splashdown below the Storify of @elonmusk. That's Musk sitting in the middle of the first row, in the black form-fitting polo shirt, sipping what looks like coffee. 

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