As part of #dearMoon, Maezawa booked the first passenger trip around the moon aboard SpaceX's giant BFR, known as the "Big Falcon Rocket" or "Big F------ Rocket," as he and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced last night (Sept. 17). [How SpaceX's Passenger Flight Around the Moon Will Work]
Although the BFR itself is still in development, its predecessor, the Falcon Heavy, successfully made its first trip into space, on an uncrewed test mission, in February.
Maezawa appears to have been invited to that launch, sharing a video of the liftoff filmed at the launch site, which suggests he had a prime viewing seat for the event.
And his interest in space stretches further back. In January 2016, Maezawa shared two Instagram posts from the Apollo program that first carried humans to the moon: an image caption discussing Apollo 8, and a photograph of the Apollo 14 module, which was the third spacecraft to put humans on the moon's surface.
But from Maezawa's Instagram feed, what makes even more of an impression than his interest in space is his deep love for art. Maezawa has turned his entrepreneurial earnings into a respected art collection, and he often shares images from art museums with his followers.
いつも大変お世話になっているヤマト運輸の皆様と、財団のメンバーと、最後に写真撮りました。しばらくこのバスキアともお別れです。世界中でたくさんの人に愛され、たくさんの人の心を動かし、また無事に日本に戻ってきてくれることを心待ちにしてます。 Good-bye for a while my Basquiat. I am hoping that you will be loved by people all over the world and move the hearts of people around the world. See you again soon. Have a good trip! #JeanMichelBasquiat #worldtour #imissyou
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Those include an image of a painting he owns and sent on tour by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whom he referred to during his remarks announcing the #dearMoon project.
In general, Maezawa seems to favor modern and contemporary art. Other posts he has shared highlight artists like Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Mark Rothko.