‘DO NOT TOUCH’: Vice President Pence at NASA becomes a meme – USA TODAY

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Mike Pence was photographed putting his hand on ‘Critical Space Flight Hardware,’ either not noticing or ignoring the large sign directly in front of him. Buzz60’s Josh King (@abridgetoland) has more.
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Vice President Pence very clearly ignored instructions while he was visiting NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Thursday.

While examining a piece of “Critical Space Flight Hardware” that was labeled “DO NOT TOUCH,” Pence went ahead and, well, touched it.

And a new meme was born — and don’t worry, the vice president is in on the joke.

C’mon dude, really? pic.twitter.com/SqZZ43exxl

— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) July 7, 2017

pic.twitter.com/BOpmK6zQqb

— bilal (@mescalinesun) July 7, 2017

i couldn’t help myself. pic.twitter.com/AxdVtF9HIP

— Citrine (@Melangetic) July 7, 2017

we are all thinking the same as critical-space-flight-hardware i think. pic.twitter.com/tbNDOIaAeD

— ‘ingie (@yngling) July 7, 2017

This looks like an appalled face. pic.twitter.com/njIygeTZyT

— Coy Woolard (@coylums) July 7, 2017

pic.twitter.com/LiwzkEuW8P

— Justin Stanley 👨‍💻 (@JStheoriginal) July 7, 2017

Like this? pic.twitter.com/NXPo8ZEpY3

— Brian (@BWFeldy) July 7, 2017

pic.twitter.com/TUW5mOZEId

— Rapacitor (@RaPaCiToR13) July 7, 2017

Still, for its part, NASA seemed thrilled with the vice president’s visit.

Vice President Mike Pence visited KSC for an up close look at the Spaceport. He spoke to employees & toured work being done at Kennedy. pic.twitter.com/xgvSTKZdAf

— NASA Kennedy / KSC (@NASAKennedy) July 7, 2017

What a great day @NASAKennedy! Awesome to share our transformation to a multi-user spaceport with the Vice President. pic.twitter.com/2rp62kUtBf

— Bob Cabana (@Astro_CabanaBob) July 6, 2017

And the vice president himself, who was there on a tour with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, was able to make a joke:

Sorry @NASA…@MarcoRubio dared me to do it! pic.twitter.com/qIYtKOPyFh

— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 7, 2017

Okay…so this isn’t exactly the first time this has happened. pic.twitter.com/6Y7b3UlJXe

— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 7, 2017

NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs said the “do not touch” signs are there as a day-to-day reminder, but noted that in this case, touching the hardware was fine.

“Procedures require the hardware to be cleaned before tiles are bonded to the spacecraft, so touching the surface is okay,” Jacobs said in an email. “Otherwise, the hardware would have had a protective cover over it like the thermal heat shield, which was nearby.”

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order re-establishing the National Space Council to coordinate the country’s space efforts. Pence is leading the council.

“Let us do what our nation has always done since its very founding and beyond: We’ve pushed the boundaries on frontiers, not just of territory, but of knowledge,” Pence said in remarks to Kennedy Center employees, according to NASA. “We’ve blazed new trails, and we’ve astonished the world as we’ve boldly grasped our future without fear. From this ‘Bridge to Space,’ our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.”

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