This is What Happens When NASA Engineers Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest


This is What Happens When NASA Engineers Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest
Source: JPL Caltech/NASA

If you thought Halloween “Trumpkins” were great, then these creations – carved by NASA scientists – are out of this world.

For the seventh year running, the team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, used their impressive engineering skills in a pumpkin carving contest, and results are astronomical.

Taking an hour-long break from their usual routine of building tools for space exploration, the staff battle it out for best pumpkin, and according to engineer Mike Meacham, it’s a fight they take VERY seriously.

“I don’t think, even at the time, they appreciated just how seriously our engineers were going to take it,” he said.

“They do it all in their own time. They go home, use their own resources, plan it out, and all we give them is a pumpkin.”

The engineers only have an hour to work on their pumpkin, and the winner doesn’t get a trophy – just the opportunity to brag about having the best design. Still, that’s more than enough to bring the carving knives out.

In the past, staff have designed everything from UFOs, to Frankensteins, and even working robotic arms.

Here’s some of this year’s cosmic creations

This is What Happens When NASA Engineers Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest
Source: JPL Caltech/NASA

This is What Happens When NASA Engineers Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest
Source: JPL Caltech/NASA
This is What Happens When NASA Engineers Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest
Source: JPL Caltech/NASA

This is What Happens When NASA Engineers Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest
Source: JPL Caltech/NASA

This is What Happens When NASA Engineers Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest
Source: JPL Caltech/NASA
This is What Happens When NASA Engineers Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest
Source: JPL Caltech/NASA
This is What Happens When NASA Engineers Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest
Source: JPL Caltech/NASA

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