Vice President Mike Pence, right, gets a tour of the Orion clean room with Sen. Marco Rubio, left, by Bob Cabana, Director Kennedy Space Center, center,  Thursday, July 6, 2017.  (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Vice President Mike Pence, right, gets a tour of the Orion clean room with Sen. Marco Rubio, left, by Bob Cabana, Director Kennedy Space Center, center, Thursday, July 6, 2017. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Orlando Sentinel/TNS/Getty Images
Now playing
00:45
Pence on NASA photo: Rubio dared me
US Vice President Mike Pence waves upon arrival at Mariscal Sucre airport in Quito on June 27, 2018. - Pence visits Ecuador as part of a Latin American tour. (Photo by RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)
US Vice President Mike Pence waves upon arrival at Mariscal Sucre airport in Quito on June 27, 2018. - Pence visits Ecuador as part of a Latin American tour. (Photo by RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP) (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Now playing
01:45
Author: Pence ready to govern if Trump stumbles
Vice President Mike Pence attends a ceremony wit Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Phil Davidson marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Vice President Mike Pence attends a ceremony wit Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Phil Davidson marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
PHOTO: Susan Walsh/AP
Now playing
02:33
Pence attends ceremony for fallen US soldiers
Mike Pence Russia meddled 2016 election sot vpx_00000000.jpg
Mike Pence Russia meddled 2016 election sot vpx_00000000.jpg
Now playing
00:59
Pence: Russia meddled in the 2016 election
US Vice President Mike Pence waves upon arrival at Mariscal Sucre airport in Quito on June 27, 2018. - Pence visits Ecuador as part of a Latin American tour. (Photo by RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)
US Vice President Mike Pence waves upon arrival at Mariscal Sucre airport in Quito on June 27, 2018. - Pence visits Ecuador as part of a Latin American tour. (Photo by RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP) (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Now playing
02:38
Pence speaks out on reporter White House ban
mike pence trump world leader success sot VPX_00002313.jpg
mike pence trump world leader success sot VPX_00002313.jpg
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
01:26
Pence praises Trump for summit with Putin
Dana will do a sit-down 3 camera interview (fs7s) with the VP.  Crews can start setting up at 12:30pm. **Crew should plan to plug in the Pence ISO shot live.  The House Gallery has given us permission to plug in to the drop behind H-137 (across from Clyburn
Dana will do a sit-down 3 camera interview (fs7s) with the VP. Crews can start setting up at 12:30pm. **Crew should plan to plug in the Pence ISO shot live. The House Gallery has given us permission to plug in to the drop behind H-137 (across from Clyburn's office). If we have trouble finding the drop just go to the Gallery and they'll walk you to it.
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
02:08
Pence: I do still want Roe v. Wade overturned
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Las Vegas City Hall on October 7, 2017.
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Las Vegas City Hall on October 7, 2017.
PHOTO: Ethan Miller/Getty
Now playing
01:49
NYT: Pence aims to control Republican party
richard grenell ambassador to germany sworn in pence_00003301.jpg
richard grenell ambassador to germany sworn in pence_00003301.jpg
Now playing
00:55
Pence swears in openly gay Trump appointee
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Las Vegas City Hall on October 7, 2017.
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Las Vegas City Hall on October 7, 2017.
PHOTO: Ethan Miller/Getty
Now playing
02:34
Genealogist: Chain migration helped Pence family
Dr. Jennifer Pena is seen in her Linkedin profile photo.
Dr. Jennifer Pena is seen in her Linkedin profile photo.
PHOTO: From Jennifer Pena/Linkedin
Now playing
02:27
Mike Pence's doctor resigns
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
01:36
Pence: Arpaio a champion of rule of law
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16:  Physician to U.S. President Donald Trump Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks during the daily White House press briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House January 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. Dr. Jackson discussed the details of President TrumpÕs physical check-up from last week.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: Physician to U.S. President Donald Trump Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks during the daily White House press briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House January 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. Dr. Jackson discussed the details of President TrumpÕs physical check-up from last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Now playing
01:52
Pence doctor alerted WH with Jackson concerns
PHOTO: POOL
Now playing
01:17
Pence: Syria airstrikes a morally right act
PHOTO: Knesset
Now playing
01:38
Arab lawmakers protest Pence's speech
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
01:56
Pastor blasts Trump remarks in front of Pence

Story highlights

Pence was at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to discuss goals for space exploration

"Sorry @NASA...@MarcoRubio dared me to do it!" Pence tweeted

(CNN) —  

Mike Pence set social media abuzz Thursday with a photo of him touching a piece of NASA space equipment clearly marked “do not touch.” On Friday, the vice president jokingly blamed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for it.

“Sorry @NASA…@MarcoRubio dared me to do it!” Pence tweeted, along with a photo emphasizing Rubio’s position in the incriminating photo.

Pence was at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to discuss the administration’s goals for American space exploration. During his tour of the facility, Pence laid a hand on part of the Orion spacecraft. The vice president also joked that it was perhaps not the first time his hand had gone astray.

Rubio, for his part, played along with the accusatory tweet, quipping that he warned Pence “you break it, you own it.”

According to NASA, there was no harm done.

“It was okay to touch the surface,” the agency tweeted. “We were going to clean it anyway.” They added that “it was an honor to host” Pence.

In a statement, a NASA spokesperson explained that the “do not touch” signs are “there as a day-to-day reminder.”

“Procedures require the hardware to be cleaned before tiles are bonded to the spacecraft, so touching the surface is absolutely okay,” the statement read. “Otherwise, the hardware would have had a protective cover over it.”

Vice President Mike Pence, right, gets a tour of the Orion clean room with Sen. Marco Rubio, left, by Bob Cabana, Director Kennedy Space Center, center,  Thursday, July 6, 2017.  (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Vice President Mike Pence, right, gets a tour of the Orion clean room with Sen. Marco Rubio, left, by Bob Cabana, Director Kennedy Space Center, center, Thursday, July 6, 2017. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Orlando Sentinel/TNS/Getty Images

This latest incident is not the first time that Rubio has found himself at the center of viral fame involving the Trump administration. Last month, social media went wild over a photo of a seemingly awkward embrace of first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump. At the time, Rubio opened a mock “investigation” into the encounter. It does not appear that the Republican senator will be launching an “inquiry” into the NASA photo, however.