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Video: NASA Has The Geekiest And Coolest Pumpkin Carving Contest

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You won't be surprised to learn that when NASA scientists and researchers do a pumpkin carving contest they go all in.

From former NASA engineer Mark Rober comes a video of this year's Jet Propulsion Lab pumpkin carving contest. No, they don't use lasers to do the carving as I was led to believe from the video's title, but it's still pretty cool and they do use a lotta hardware. Ranging from hand saws, to power drills, and all the way up to computer sensors and the aforementioned lasers, they use whatever technology they can to make the most pimped out gourd imaginable with only 60 minutes.

The Death Star (which uses the laser—did I mention there were lasers?) is pretty rad, as is the Mike Wazowski (of Monsters, Inc.) pumpkin with the eye that follows your every move. But for my money, the winner is the astronaut pumpkin whose visor projects a view of the earth from below. It'd only be made better if it had the Star Gate from 2001: A Space Odyssey.