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NASA handles viral VP pic with a light touch

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Even Vice President Mike Pence couldn’t resist tweeting a Photoshopped version of the “Do Not Touch” photo snapped during his visit to Kennedy Space Center. (@VP Mike Pence via Twitter)

You know that viral photo of Vice President Mike Pence putting his hand on a piece of space hardware marked with a “Do Not Touch” sign? Don’t worry about it, NASA says.

The picture, snapped by news photographers on July 6 during Pence’s tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, spread like Photoshopped wildfire around the internet. It’s easy to see why: Pence looks like someone blatantly caught with his hand in the figurative cookie jar.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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