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NASA's Killer Pumpkin-Carving Skills Are a Cut Above the Rest

Every Halloween, the folks at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory put everyone else’s jack-o’-lantern game to shame with some heavily engineered pumpkins. This year brought some of the nerdiest entries in the contest’s history.

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The JPL team held its showcase yesterday afternoon, and the winner hasn’t yet been publicly announced. But when we contacted NASA, a spokesperson informed us that an outstanding display themed around Pixar’s Coco tied with the truly terrifying work, “The Infinite Paperwork Inside Every Spacecraft.”

Last year’s champion, a Europa (clipper) Pirate Ship returned as part of a display in which its eviscerated by a Planetary Sample Acquisition Submarine Pumpkin.

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Some of our favorites include a pumpkin welcoming NASA’s new colleagues at “Space Force” that screams “born to die.” And of course, there’s a Day of the Dead-styled shrine to the dearly departed Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. You can check out the other contenders below and check out some nice making-of photos on NASA’s Flicker account.

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[Aaron Yazzie]

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