There’s nice pumpkin carvings, there’s really good pumpkin carvings, and then there’s NASA level pumpkin carvings. Every Halloween, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) gives its engineers and scientists a bunch of pumpkins and one hour to come up with the best they can — yes, it’s everything you hoped it would be.
This year, they’ve really outdone themselves, with jack-o-lanterns such as a mini-Juno and a Pac-Man pumpkin. As Science Alert so eloquently puts it, it’s really a carving competition as much as a Halloween science fair on crack. In the end, everyone wins.
Here are some of the most spectacular designs, courtesy of Aaron Yazzie, a mechanical engineer at NASA – and before you ask, yes, that is a solar system spinning inside a pumpkin.