Meet NASA’s electric pumpkin

Nasa’s interactive pumpkin.

NASA’s interactive pumpkin.


What happens when the boffins in NASA’s Jet propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology decide to stop work for a while and – like much of the US population – start doing clever things to pumpkins in the spirit of Halloween?

Well, this, for one thing: a mechanised gourd that lifts its lid and flashes a light every time someone hits a switch. Other creations this year included a pumpkin on a parachute, and pumpkin desk lamps.

Working at JPL, it seems, isn’t always rocket science.

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