‘We were going to clean it anyway’: NASA jokes with Mike Pence over Orion faux pas
Pence, who placed his hands on NASA equipment despite it being clearly labelled “Do not touch” during a tour of the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Friday, tried to laugh off the faux pas.
It was OK to touch the surface. Those are just day-to-day reminder signs. We were going to clean it anyway. It was an honor to host you! https://t.co/gu8zxknsJv— NASA (@NASA) July 7, 2017
Writing on Twitter, the vice president, who was on the tour with Florida Senator Marco Rubio, apologized to NASA before joking that his Republican colleague “dared” him to do it.
Pence then took his joke one step further, showing that someone on his team has half-decent Photoshop skills.
Okay...so this isn't exactly the first time this has happened. pic.twitter.com/6Y7b3UlJXe— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 7, 2017
Rubio got in on the act, too, saying he warned the vice president before putting his hands on the $11 billion machine, “you break it, you own it.”
Not everyone was bought the light-hearted response, however.
this would be funny if you weren't ruining the country— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) July 7, 2017
Watching you try to be charming is cute -- but mostly awkward. Please stop.— Samantha A Mathers (@sam_mathers) July 8, 2017
Meanwhile, the space agency clarified its policy on touching flight hardware in a statement Friday.
The Orion spacecraft is currently under development and will serve as an exploration vehicle that will play a key role in aiding human exploration of asteroids and Mars in the not-too-distant future.