Everybody is excited for Halloween, and NASA is no exception. Scientists at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in California showed their skills this week by showing how to do some awesome pumpkin carving.
According to Wire, the competitors only had one hour to carve their pumpkins, and they must have been the most creative possible. They exceeded the expectations. Their designs went way further from a traditional pumpkin carving. The designs were very technological, something that is not surprising coming from NASA.
The results were amazing. The creations go from a Pac-Man pumpkin to a Darth Vader’s meditation chamber to a black hole. They also showed a pumpkin carousel, a Martian spaceship, a pumpkin Demogorgon inspired in the new Netflix series Stranger Things, a birthday-cake-like pumpkin for the 80 years of the NASA JPL, a Europa pumpkin with its respective geysers, and a useless machine, which turned itself off when you turned it on, and a lot more.
NASA engineer, Aaron Yazzie, posted all of their creations on his Twitter account, showing all the compound productions of this fun competition, which is done annually at this time of the year. In the pictures and videos, it can be seen how NASA scientists not only created their designs and carved their pumpkins but also used amazing technological mechanisms to make the best pumpkin ever. They used wires, lights, or any material that could help them make their pumpkin look the closest it could look to a real life prototype.
It is still time for people to start carving their own pumpkins, and it is certain that some inspiration from these NASA results could help. If that is not the case or it seems like a difficult task to recreate those creations, Mirror UK posted this picture from NASA:
The picture shows two images put together taken by the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory on October 8, 2014. It has a Jack-o’-lantern look because of its bright parts. These bright parts appear due to the magnetic field active in the corona, representing the outside layer of the atmosphere of the Sun.
People cannot look directly into something this shining, burning at 5,500 Celsius, which is why the pictures were taken by a special equipment able to stand it.
“The active regions appear brighter because those areas that emit more light and energy-makers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona,” NASA said, quoted by Mirror UK.
This image could be an allegory of the Halloween spirit, when the dark night is filled with yellow and orange lights of people having fun, just like the NASA team did.
Source: The Verge