Mike Pence is the Vice President, which means his job is to get photographed while looking *ahem* pensive.
Here he is at NASA, where he got a tour of the facilities and touched things. Specifically things marked “critical space flight hardware … DO NOT TOUCH.”
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) July 7, 2017
I love this guy, who’s like “uhhhh …”
Anyways, Pence made a joke out of it all.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 7, 2017
According to TIME, NASA says Pence touching the “DO NOT TOUCH” thing wasn’t a big deal.
But NASA says there’s no apology necessary for the incident at the Kennedy Space Center Thursday. “The ‘do not touch’ signs are there as a day-to-day reminder, including the one visible on the titanium Forward Bay Cover for the Orion spacecraft,” NASA said in a statement provided to TIME. “Procedures require the hardware to be cleaned before tiles are bonded to the spacecraft, so touching the surface is okay. Otherwise, the hardware would have had a protective cover over it like the thermal heat shield, which was nearby.”
Just wait until next time, when Pence tries to touch North Korea.