NASA’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest Will Inspire Your Halloween Weekend

NASA, putting regular humans to shame since 1958

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It’s time to throw out whatever jack-o’-lantern you’ve been lovingly crafting all week because NASA just outdid everyone in a major way. The organization has been showing up regular humans since its official inception in 1958, and its annual pumpkin carving competition is just another example of engineers dominating everything from rockets to decorative gourds.

Luckily for us, NASA JPL mechanical engineer Aaron Yazzie shared photos and videos of the most innovative jack-o’-lanterns from this year’s competition. From pumpkins containing real Mars samples (the planet, not the candy company), to functional telescope pumpkins, and pumpkins that mock Winona Ryder’s character in Stranger Things, these brilliant engineers have made it clear that anything is possible—both this Halloween weekend and beyond. In the (approximate) words of Prince/Sinead O’Connor, “nothing compares 2 NASA pumpkins.”

Keep scrolling to see these feats of engineering for yourself.