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These Halloween pumpkins carved by NASA engineers are out of this world
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Most of us would come at a Halloween pumpkin simply with a sharp knife and a will to succeed. Others would come equipped with NASA-level engineering skills. Every year, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California gather for the ultimate pumpkin carving contest. This year's competition went down on Monday, and guys, the engineers brought it. SEE ALSO: Creepy anglerfish jack-o'-lantern takes pumpkin carving to a whole new level It's been a team-bonding tradition for seven years, and sees JPL engineers taking an hour break from building tools which enable us to explore the universe for a good old fashioned jack-o'-lantern carving competition.  The rules: No carving is allowed during work hours. The prize: Bragging rights. "I don't think, even at the time, they appreciated just how seriously our engineers were going to take it," NASA mechanical engineer Mike Meacham said of the first ever pumpkin carving contest. "They do it all in their own time," he added. "They go home, use their own resources, plan it out, and all we give them is a pumpkin." NASA engineers at work. Sorta.Image: NASA/JPL-CALTECHPrevious years have seen pumpkins transformed into everything from lit-up UFOs to hovering Frankensteins, spinning carnival rides to working robotic arms.  Here's what happens when @NASA has a pumpkin-carving contest:https://t.co/cc39F8X36e #NASApumpkin pic.twitter.com/9TKRSuPuwS — NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) October 26, 2018 And this year? The game was on. Om nom nom.Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech Look, there's a pumpkin phoning home: E.T. phone home.Image: NASA/JPL-CALTECH Strong team uniform.Image: NASA/JPL-CALTECHSometimes the pumpkins were at war with each other. Fight, fight, fight.Image: NASA/JPL-CALTECH There's Charlie Brown hanging out with the Mars Rover: Friends being friends.Image: NASA/JPL-CALTECHHere's a moving pumpkin musician you can join for a spooky tune or two: And a certain cookie-loving pumpkin monster: Coooookiiiieeeeee!Image: NASA/JPL-CALTECHThese pumpkins are friends, not food: Baby sharks!Image: NASA/JPL-CALTECHAn entire diorama featuring Jupiter, a pirate ship, and the highly badass moon of Europa: This is a lot.Image: NASA/JPL-CALTECH Want to give it a go? NASA has a bunch of tips for folks who want to make their own. Surprisingly, it's not rocket science. WATCH: Nightmares Fear Factory continues to serve us amazing haunted-house reaction photos read more
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