Featured Image for NASA just held its annual pumpkin carving contest and the results are incredible
Exhale, Science

NASA just held its annual pumpkin carving contest and the results are incredible

We love when NASA does cool stuff to get people interested in science, but this is next level.

To mark Halloween, NASA held its seventh annual pumpkin-carving contest on October 31st at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California.

But is no ordinary pumpkin-carving contest: it’s run by NASA and involves some of the finest scientists and engineers on the planet.

From a results are a combination of pure geeky goodness and incredible talent:

‪From the 2017 NASA JPL lunchtime pumpkin carving contest. My buddy Mike Meacham representing why engineers are the best. ‬

A post shared by Mark Rober (@markrober) on

Someone was very busy carving

A post shared by Bobak (@tweetsoutloud) on

#halloweencostume #nasacostume #halloween #nasajpl

A post shared by Umut Yildiz (@umutayildiz) on

One guy even built a Halloween-themed sculpture of the parking structure at JPL:

While it’s all for good fun, there has to be an official winner. And this incredible design took home the chocolates:

Halloween is also JPL's birthday! Check out our story to see some of the lunchtime celebration here on lab, complete with a #nasacostume contest and nerdy pumpkins like this Europa Clipper. See the link in our bio for pumpkin carving tips from @nasa engineers (https://go.nasa.gov/2zGZkWJ). #halloween #nasapumpkin #halloweencostume #NASA #JPL #space #fun #birthday #jackolantern

A post shared by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@nasajpl) on

This sculpture is a team’s take on NASA’s Europa Clipper mission, which aims to successfully send a lander to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, before 2030.

The connection between spacecraft and this amazing pumpkin boat is the name of Europa Clipper, which is a nod to the clipper ships that sailed across Earth’s seas in the 19th century with renowned grace and speed.

The piece is complemented by a floating “sea” of dry ice and an artistic representation of Jupiter and the stars beyond it.

Via Space.com

Leave a comment