Give NASA engineers an hour to “carve” a pumpkin and the results will be out of this world. (Watch them in action in this Wired video.) The rules are simple: Contestants pick their pumpkin the day before, measure and plan in the meantime, then have an hour to pull off their masterpiece the next day. But forget the cheap carving kit from the dollar store that comes with a flimsy serrated knife and plastic scoop, and sub in wires, switches, robotic arms, and flashing lights. What else would you expect from the same people who landed the Mars rover and sent a spacecraft into Jupiter’s orbit?