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.”

I love this guy, who’s like “uhhhh …”

Anyways, Pence made a joke out of it all.

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.

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Kevin mostly covers college football and college basketball, with an emphasis on NCAA issues and other legal issues in sports. He is also an incoming law student. He's written for SB Nation, USA Today, VICE Sports, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.