Technology, robots battles, and pop culture references: NASA engineers again hold a contest for the most original pumpkin

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What can you think of for Halloween, if your job is to build satellites and rovers.

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Each year, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California hosts a competition for the most original pumpkin among employees. Engineers involved in the creation and maintenance of satellites and rovers (for example, Curiosity and Opportunity) are grouped together and are preparing their projects for Halloween.

In 2018, the seventh such exhibition from NASA will be held. “I don’t think, even at the time, they appreciated just how seriously our engineers were going to take it,” said engineer Mike Meacham after the first contest. In 2017, he designed a flying pumpkin with his colleagues.

At the 2018 exhibition, engineers again added technology to traditional Halloween entertainment. For example, one team turned pumpkins into robots and arranged a battle between them. Other NASA employees focused on pop culture, making a reference to the film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” by Steven Spielberg.


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