NASA's Pumpkin Carving Skills Are Out of This World


The same bright minds that brought you the Curiosity rover and many other intrepid space explorers will blow you away with their pumpkin carving abilities. For the fifth year in a row, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have held the most amazing pumpkin carving contest.

Tomorrow we celebrate Halloween and to celebrate you may have toiled over a pumpkin of your own for hours, but hold onto your hats, as these specimens are on a whole other level.

The yearly spectacle is dubbed a contest, but really it’s a display of creativity and engineering prowess with participants getting only an hour to work on their projects.

That’s right, these insanely epic jack-o-lanterns were constructed in only 60 minutes. The intricate designs feature a combination of pop culture references and science missions.

JPL mechanical engineer Aaron Yazzie shared a bunch of the contestants on Twitter. You can view some of the entries below and be sure to check out the rest on JPL’s Flickr account.

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