Besides sending probes to orbit Saturn, rovers to roam Mars and super-strong adhesive to the Space Station — and doing it all while juggling nuclear families — the geniuses at JPL have another stellar skill: Carving pumpkins.
Researchers at the Pasadena facility demonstrated their creative streak at JPL's annual Halloween celebration, working to outdo each other with ever more elaborate and mechanized pumpkins.
Imagine "Ace of Cakes" meets "Robot Wars" with a dash of "RuPaul's Drag Race" thrown in — but starring scientists with gourds, knives and electronics.
Some teams served up 1980s nostalgia, like this Ms. Pacman homage:
Others went for terror and pathos, like this pumpkin facing the sharp end of JPL's Starshade:
They're all fitting tributes, especially since JPL's 80th birthday falls on Halloween this year.