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When it comes to making Halloween pumpkins, NASA's carving competition is the gold standard

These people know their way around a jack-o-lantern.

IF YOU CARVED a pumpkin for Halloween, you might want to look away now.

#halloween #pumpkin #party #ghost #night 👻🎃

A photo posted by Paulina Płatek🍀✌ (@lisciu_u) on

Nobody wants to be told how sub-standard they are.

NASA engineers have just made your efforts look like childsplay. They hold the contest every year, but this one was particularly competitive as it was celebrating the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 80th birthday.

Their entries are pretty special to put it lightly

Where even IS the pumpkin?


Some featured samples from Mars

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There were even Stranger Things references

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But then there were actual space missions

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There was a birthday-themed pumpkin


A pumpkin barbecue


A pumpkin black hole


A swing carousel


There’s even an Election pumpkin


The NASA Juno pumpkin


A Pacman pumpkin


And this useless yoke


The amazing entries were shared on Twitter by mechanical engineer Aaron Yazzie and have all gotten thousands of likes since they were shared over the weekend.

Kudos NASA engineers.

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Written by Nicola Byrne and posted on

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