SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft becomes the first privately developed spacecraft to return to Earth from a low Earth orbit. The spacecraft flies for a total of three hours and twenty minutes at an altitude of 182 miles before returning to Earth.
SpaceX completes the first docking of a private spacecraft with the international space station. The spacecraft, called the Dragon, will spend six days docked at the space station before returning to earth.
The Company launches its most powerful rocket to date, a nine-engine Falcon 9, from Vandenberg, California just after 9:00 a.m. The rocket is carrying the Cassiope weather satellite.
Thiel is born in Frankfurt, Germany. His father, Klaus, is an engineer who moves the family to Cleveland, Ohio when Thiel is one year old.
Thiel launches Mithril Capital Management, a venture capital fund based in San Francisco with over $400 million in assets.