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Pence, Rubio, and the internet have fun with the viral 'Do Not Touch' NASA photo
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Friday that the only reason he touched the critical flight equipment in the viral NASA photo is because Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) dared him too. (Image source: Time report video screenshot)

Pence, Rubio, and the internet have fun with the viral 'Do Not Touch' NASA photo

The viral image of Vice President Mike Pence touching some NASA equipment that he wasn't supposed to touch now has an explanation from Pence himself: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) dared him to.

Pence tweeted out from his official Twitter account on Friday that while he and Rubio were touring NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, the Florida senator had dared him to touch the surface of "critical space flight hardware" that had a sign saying "DO NOT TOUCH" taped to it.

Rubio responded jokingly that he had warned Pence that if he broke it, he owned it.

NASA's social media account tweeted back at Pence, telling him that touching it wasn't a big deal, as they were going to clean it later anyway.

The vice president wasn't done with the jokes, however.

"Okay...so this isn't exactly the first time this has happened," Pence tweeted, posting a photoshopped picture of himself touching a porcupine.

Pence wasn't the only one to have fun photoshopping himself into other situations. Reddit's r/PsBattle (photoshop battle) decided to contribute to the jokes as well.

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