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Former NASA Astronauts Mike Massimino and Scott Altman to Represent the Intrepid Museum
Posted: 9/8/2015 12:12:12 PM

Former NASA Astronauts Mike Massimino and Scott Altman to Represent the Intrepid Museum at Annual BGC Charity Day

The Intrepid Museum will participate in the 2015 BGC Charity Day on Friday, September 11.  Every year, BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald honor those who perished on 9/11 by distributing 100% of global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. Grants are then individually distributed to hundreds of charities worldwide. 

Charity Day was established to commemorate the 658 employees of Cantor Fitzgerald and 61 employees of Euro Brokers who died in the World Trade Center attacks. Since its inception, Charity Day has raised approximately $113 million globally. The Intrepid Museum has participated in BGC Charity Day for six consecutive years.

On Charity Day this year, the Museum will be represented by Mike Massimino, former NASA astronaut and now senior advisor for space programs at the Museum, along with Scott Altman, former NASA astronaut and mission commander. Massimino and Altman will join the staff of BGC Partners on the trading floor.

“Charity Day brings hope and positivity to a tragic anniversary, as we aim to honor those who were lost by reaching out to make the world a better place,” said Mike Massimino. “On behalf of the Intrepid Museum, we are thrilled to once again join BGC Partners in their generous efforts to raise money for so many worthy charities around the world.”

Mike Massimino is a veteran of two space shuttle missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope, including the historic final repair mission in 2009. Massimino has logged a total of 571 hours and 47 minutes in space, and a cumulative total of 30 hours and 4 minutes of spacewalking in four spacewalks. He appears regularly as a space expert on news broadcasts and has guest starred on numerous television shows, including The Big Bang Theory.

Scott Altman is a retired U.S. Navy captain and former NASA astronaut. He served as pilot on two space shuttle missions and as commander on two shuttle missions to service Hubble. He has logged more than 51 days in space. He served as the chief of the Exploration Branch of the Astronaut Office. Altman is also known for his role in the movie Top Gun, where he performed the famous stunts in the F-14 fighter jet for Tom Cruise’s character Maverick.

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