NASA had a Halloween pumpkin carving contest — and the results are truly amazing

Some workplaces go all out for Halloween, and apparently, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is one of them. The lab had its annual pumpkin carving contest on Thursday — and judging by the employee entries tweeted out by NASA mechanical engineer Aaron Yazzie, the creations were truly amazing.

Lots of the pumpkins were space- and science-themed. Some paid tribute to specific NASA projects, like the proposed Mars Sample Return.

But plenty of the pumpkins weren't specifically related to NASA. They ranged from pop culture references to political commentary to an awesome mechanical pumpkin carousel. 

The high-tech pumpkins at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory went viral on social media, and for good reason: These jack-o'-lanterns are truly impressive. You definitely don't have to be a rocket scientist to carve a pumpkin, but it clearly helps.