Current Issue
May 2014 magazine cover
Subscribe

Save 81% off the newsstand price!

Keeping you current

NASA And JPL Are Better at Pumpkin Carving Than You

Featuring LEDs, laser etching, chocolate fountains, rotating gears and even a replica Mars Rover, these pumpkins will put your simple pumpkin face to shame

Pumpkin carving is an excellent holiday craft, because a successful jack-o-lantern can be quite simple. Just two eyes, a nose, and a mouth, and you’ve got a quality carved pumpkin. Even mess-ups can be passed off as “spooky.” But leave it to NASA to turn such a craft into an extreme feat of technology. Featuring LEDs, laser etching, chocolate fountains, rotating gears and even a replica Mars Rover, these pumpkins will put your simple face to shame.

Here’s what NASA’s pumpkin carving contest looked like:

It’s hard to compete with that.

Photo: Flickr user Jeremy Brooks

More from Smithsonian.com:

Smithsonian-inspired Pumpkin Carvings
Who Steals Pumpkins From Kindergarteners?

Tags
About Rose Eveleth
Rose Eveleth

Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

Read more from this author |

Comment on this Story

comments powered by Disqus