Photo of Mike Pence touching object at NASA goes viral

A photo of Mike Pence touching an object marked with a clear “do not touch” sign on it went viral on Thursday.

Yesterday, the vice president went to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where he spoke about President Donald Trump’s plans to improve the agency.

He toured campus facilities and stopped in the Orion clean room, where pieces of NASA’s capsule are being assembled.

According to The Verge, the off-limits object he touched was likely a covering for the Orion capsule, which NASA is building to take humans into deep space.

Touching it probably won’t set back future missions, but Twitter had a lot to say about it.

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Mike Pence touches object with ‘do not touch’ sign

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When the sign says “Do Not Touch” but the VP is handsy. https://t.co/uTlmsSRg7c

@mcnees https://t.co/OFZJwRoFUi

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In Pence’s defense, “DO NOT TOUCH” is in quotes. https://t.co/E6AXhxICnn

Mike Pence @VP gets a tour of the NASA Orion clean room & touches critical space flight hardware even though the si… https://t.co/WAzW4uLOaw

@flyosity @DustinGiebel https://t.co/xo6teHWdG1

@flyosity @ProgramMax i couldn’t help myself. https://t.co/AxdVtF9HIP

How it feels when Pence touches you after you’ve clearly asked him not to. https://t.co/JANvSksRBk

me, jumping into any dumb argument https://t.co/0n9JA2rV1Z

Pence looked left. Then right. Mother wasn’t anywhere around. He smiled to himself. He would touch https://t.co/3WHJ3sGkvh

Suddenly I understand why he won’t have dinner with a woman who isn’t his wife. https://t.co/Vk2BLDRadR

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Pence responded to criticism, saying Marco Rubio dared him to do it.

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