On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence went on a tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. As part of his visit to the space center, Pence gave a speech and spoke about his personal “passion for the space program” as well as talked about its future.
However, that’s not what caught the attention of the internet. A photo of the Vice President touching “critical space flight hardware” directly below a sign that clearly reads “DO NOT TOUCH” began making the rounds and while even NASA said it was okay that Pence had touched the part’s surface, Twitter quickly turned the photo into the internet’s new favorite meme.
Read on for some of the most hilarious reactions to Pence disobeying a “Do Not Touch” sign at NASA.
First, people just reacted to the VP disobeying the sign
Before the memes hit full force, Twitter users were simply shocked that Pence would show such obvious disregard for the sign on the piece of equipment which appears to be a covering for the Orion capsule. The capsule, which The Verge reports is being built by NASA to take humans into deep space, isn’t likely to be harmed by Pence’s authority-defying touch.
C'mon dude, really? pic.twitter.com/SqZZ43exxl— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) July 7, 2017
What does Mike Pence not understand about "DO NOT TOUCH" ??? pic.twitter.com/vCs8nPCAiV— Andy Dufresne (@theunzippedfly) July 7, 2017
Then people noticed the piece of equipment appeared to have its own reaction
Some eagle-eyed Twitter users spotted that the bolts on the piece of equipment looked a lot like a surprised or shocked face. Though it was obvious anthropomorphizing of the space part once the internet saw the “face” on the capsule it was something that just couldn’t be unseen.
This looks like an appalled face. pic.twitter.com/njIygeTZyT— Coy Woolard (@coylums) July 7, 2017
And then the memes wrote themselves
Once the face was discovered the memes pretty much wrote themselves. The reactions ranged to simple conversation bubbles allowing the hardware to express itself while other Twitter users used the larger picture to get really creative. Some took an opportunity to reveal Vice President Pence for his true rebellious nature and a few found a humorous political angle for the Vice President’s rogue actions in the NASA clean room.
we are all thinking the same as critical-space-flight-hardware i think. pic.twitter.com/tbNDOIaAeD— 'ingie (@yngling) July 7, 2017
But the Vice President had the last laugh
Seeing the humor in the situation, Pence was able to not only take a joke but make fun of himself as well. The Vice President responded on Twitter, apologizing to NASA by blaming Senator Marco Rubio for putting him up to disobeying the sign before following up that it wasn’t the first time something similar has happened.
Okay...so this isn't exactly the first time this has happened. pic.twitter.com/6Y7b3UlJXe— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 7, 2017
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