NASA’s Pumpkin Carving Skills Are Next Level

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to carve a Halloween pumpkin… but it totally helps. Yes, the annual NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory pumpkin carving competition is a real thing, yes, they use lasers, and yes, it’s glorious. The space agency’s employees go above and way the hell beyond your typical toothy jack-o-lantern face. Think: invading spaceship gourds and flaming meteor squash. Check out these spooky marvels of modern culinary/astro science:


Pumpkin: improves your morning latte for several months of the year, can also house an entire solar system.


This one’s a real turn-on (also, a turn-off).


Just what we need: multiple gourds weighing in on the upcoming US election.


Does your kid’s jack-o-lantern look like this? Congratulations, she’s going to be a nuclear physicist.


We, too, are avid supporters of anyone looking to extend BBQ season.


And one final pumpkin for the Halloween horror fans…


Check out all the entries from NASA’s most important mission here.