During the day NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California builds robots fit for space, but after hours they put their brainpower together for something a bit more rudimentary - pumpkin carving.

Yes, for the past seven years during the Halloween season these brainiacs have competed in an 'unofficial' jack-o-lantern carving contest, which NASA mechanical engineer Mike Meacham said gives them a chance to let out some creativity and bond. "I don't think, even at the time, they appreciated just how seriously our engineers were going to take it," he said about the first Halloween pumpkin contest - and the evidence is clear. From a guitar player to Charlie Brown on mars, these pumpkin ideas were out of this world.

The only limits were their imaginations, with three simple rules: no planning, carving or competing during work hours. "They do their funny pumpkin carvings in their own time," said Meacham, who's co-running the competition this year. "They go home, use their own resources, plan it out, and all we give them is a pumpkin."

While there is no prize (other than bragging rights) these competitors brought their carving game to another universe. To see these elaborate jack-o-lantern faces scroll down below! Official voting for the competition may be over, but you can still vote for your favorite pumpkin with us!

#1

Mike Wazowski

Mike Wazowski

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SnowyLynx 1 year ago

So cool!

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#2

RIP

RIP

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

And there's me,trying to carve a smile.....

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#3

Martian Sample Return Mission

Martian Sample Return Mission

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QueenSKYEE 1 year ago

Holy COW!!!!!!!!!! Thats cool

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#4

Flip Switch Lights On

Flip Switch Lights On

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Monika Rhodes 1 year ago

Haha, awesome.

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#5

E.T.

E.T.

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HopieTha CultshitPrincess 1 year ago

ET phone NASA

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#6

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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QueenSKYEE 1 year ago

Mission Accomplished!!

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#7

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Maybe a Kitsune 1 year ago

Amazing!

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#8

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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QueenSKYEE 1 year ago

Pumpkin Pirate Ship.........On sail at a store near you!!

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#9

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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QueenSKYEE 1 year ago

Spooktacular Effects!!

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#10

Coco - Día De Los Muertos Suite

Coco - Día De Los Muertos Suite

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#11

A Team

A Team

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K. LNU 1 year ago

Anyone else hearing the theme song in their heads? lol

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#12

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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QueenSKYEE 1 year ago

Space Craft Landing..........

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#13

The Harvest

The Harvest

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QueenSKYEE 1 year ago

Oh no!!

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#14

War Of The Worlds

War Of The Worlds

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Jaguarundi 1 year ago

The original radio broadcast is 80 this year, how appropriate!

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#15

PAC - MAN

PAC - MAN

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AmetRaven 1 year ago

Ms. Pac-man

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#16

Baby Shark

Baby Shark

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#17

Giant Meteor

Giant Meteor

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Jaguarundi 1 year ago

if only...

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#18

Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster

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Aileen Cawlfield 1 year ago

I feel like I would have stolen one of the cookies as I walked by... I’m such a horrible person lol.

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"Mars Samples Are Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get"

"Mars Samples Are Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get"

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QueenSKYEE 1 year ago

............Run Forrest Run!!

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#20

InSight

InSight

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QueenSKYEE 1 year ago

Ughh terrible plumbing!!

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#21

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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SnowyLynx 1 year ago

Science

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#22

Polishing The Cannonball

Polishing The Cannonball

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Stannous Flouride 1 year ago

An inside joke. It’s called the “Polish the Cannonball Syndrome.” This is a malady that affects organizations where design of new products is one of the mainstays of the business Since business today is all about “time to market,” the lower the time to get a new product to market can make all the difference in beating the competition. The “Polish the Cannonball Syndrome” adds a new dimension to why projects take longer than planned. It revolves around the fact that engineering will continue to tweak a product design despite it already meeting the basic requirements for functionality. This tweaking includes adding features, with sometimes little value, or making irrelevant improvements that don’t affect product functionality. Thus extending the time until the end product is released.

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#23

Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

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incoherent screaming 1 year ago

Its the great pumpkin, charlie brown!

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#24

Look Inside

Look Inside

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QueenSKYEE 1 year ago

That is Clawsome!!

#25

Duh... There Is Water On Mars!

Duh... There Is Water On Mars!

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Last Hurrah 1 year ago

Of course! See #17 above.

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#26

Stranger Things

Stranger Things

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Pamela 1 year ago

What am I looking at ?

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#27

Space Force

Space Force

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QueenSKYEE 1 year ago

Hello i'm Captain D. Ead

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#28

JPL. Caltech EDU

JPL. Caltech EDU

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

LOL - so PC. Love the orange. ;-)

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#29

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Carol Emory 1 year ago

I like this one because of the clever use of the butternut squash!

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#30

Battle Pumpkins

Battle Pumpkins

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QueenSKYEE 1 year ago

Oh this is going to get messy!!

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#31

Signs Of Life

Signs Of Life

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Taryn Wallace 1 year ago

I'm a little sad that there hasn't been a Death Star pumpkin

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#32

Day Of The Dead: Celebrating The Cassini Mission

Day Of The Dead: Celebrating The Cassini Mission

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#33

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

Trump's economic boom?! The orange wave?

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#34

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

Looks like he went to Cal Arts and not MIT.

#35

Leonard

Leonard

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

Someone needs to talk to their therapists.

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#36

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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incoherent screaming 1 year ago

Love the zucchini

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#37

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

CREEPY COOL?

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#38

Revenge Of The Pumpkins

Revenge Of The Pumpkins

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Cheyanne Davison 1 year ago

are those monster high dolls?

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#39

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

Our next Venice probe! Awesome!

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#40

Ghosts Of Pumpkins Past

Ghosts Of Pumpkins Past

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Jaguarundi 1 year ago

This looks so Monty Python-esque. LOVE IT!

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#41

Pumpkin Estimate Generator Comparison

Pumpkin Estimate Generator Comparison

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Carol Emory 1 year ago

Cute... Pumpkin Pi!

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#42

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

This is the reason why, NASA and JPL are now outsourcing jobs to Space X, etc... (If someone can explain this - please do). I see Global Cooling coming?

#43

Meet The Spec

Meet The Spec

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Jaguarundi 1 year ago

Only an engineer would understand this one, funny!

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#44

Jerry The Pumpkin

Jerry The Pumpkin

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Lyone Fein 1 year ago

This is so funny....a protest display.

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#45

Congratsligo

Congratsligo

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

I think someone has blue balls that turned black... unable to impact Mother Earth.

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#46

Coco

Coco

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

YUMMMY!

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#47

War Of The Worlds

War Of The Worlds

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#48

Building Partnerships Piece By Piece

Building Partnerships Piece By Piece

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Magpie 1 year ago

Oh very nice. Um not sure if it is Halloween compatible , but I just like it.

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#49

Banksy

Banksy

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Jaguarundi 1 year ago

Alright, enough of the shredded art, please? (This is clever though!)

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#50

Ziggy Starshade

Ziggy Starshade

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#51

Siemens Nx Demo: Million Dollar Pumpkin

Siemens Nx Demo: Million Dollar Pumpkin

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#52

Mars Waste Management

Mars Waste Management

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incoherent screaming 1 year ago

Matt damon

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#53

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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#54

Out Of Sight

Out Of Sight

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Susann Campbell 1 year ago

From Squash world, we come in peace. Take us to the Great Pumpkin.

#55

Nasa Pumpkin

Nasa Pumpkin

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earringnut 1 year ago

Europa!!!!

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#56

We Come In Proper Containment

We Come In Proper Containment

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Lyone Fein 1 year ago

A lot of these folks are pretty funny!

#57

Starshade Pumpkin Launch Restraint And Unfurling System (Plus)

Starshade Pumpkin Launch Restraint And Unfurling System (Plus)

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#58

Class "H" Mission

Class "H" Mission

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#59

Guess The Mass

Guess The Mass

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Jaguarundi 1 year ago

NO! NOT MATH!!!!

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#60

Black Hole

Black Hole

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

Can I roll all the lame Pumpkin posts into this?

#61

Operation Franko Drop

Operation Franko Drop

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#62

Nasa Halloween Pumpkin

Nasa Halloween Pumpkin

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#63

"Mars Samples Are Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get"

"Mars Samples Are Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get"

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

So original and PC... How about Nasa predicting what they might find? Water and Life until recently? Oh that's new...

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#64

Winter Is Not Coming

Winter Is Not Coming

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Pandamand2 1 year ago

Someone needs their meds...