Vice President Pence pledged during a tour of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday that the U.S. would put “American boots” on Mars.
“Here the Hubble Space Telescope, the New Horizons, and so many other technological wonders lifted off the Earth to give us a glimpse of our fellow planets, the distant stars and the infinite galaxies that are a window into our very past,” Pence said at Cape Canaveral.
“And here from this bridge to space, our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars,” he said.
During his tour of the Kennedy Space Center, the vice president was photographed pressing his palm a few inches from a sign on the Orion clean room equipment reading “Critical Space Flight Hardware — DO NOT TOUCH” in bold red letters.
The photo quickly gained the interest of an attentive audience on Twitter:
Suddenly I understand why he won't have dinner with a woman who isn't his wife. pic.twitter.com/Vk2BLDRadR
— shauna (@goldengateblond) July 7, 2017
C'mon dude, really? pic.twitter.com/SqZZ43exxl
— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) July 7, 2017
This looks like an appalled face. pic.twitter.com/njIygeTZyT
— Coy Woolard (@coylums) July 7, 2017
How it feels when Pence touches you after you've clearly asked him not to. pic.twitter.com/JANvSksRBk
— Ashley Mayer (@ashleymayer) July 7, 2017
The photo also ignited an online Photoshop battle:
i couldn't help myself. pic.twitter.com/AxdVtF9HIP
— Citrine (@Melangetic) July 7, 2017
— Tony Shaw 📚 (@Maynardgcrabbs) July 7, 2017