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Emily LakdawallaOctober 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy tonight's nearly-full Moon! I couldn't resist posting these snapshots that Alice Wessen took of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's costume contest. There were many costumes that were not on space themes, but I had to feature some of the marvelously geeky space costumes here!

Halloween at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Alice Wessen

Halloween at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Not everyone at JPL dresses in space-themed costumes, but here were some of them: from left to right, the solar system, Orion (Sirius is in her left hand), a nebula, and the Ghost of Galileo (the spacecraft, that is).

Alert Society members may recognize Orion as Rachel (Zimmerman) Brachman, who used to work at the Society and who now has a great gig at JPL! Alice wrote on her Facebook page that as the "solar system" lady walked off stage, a small planet fell off her costume, and everyone shouted "Pluto!!"

But none of the space costumes won the contest. The winner was, naturally, a dancing gorilla.

Halloween at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Alice Wessen

Halloween at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
...but the Dancing Gorilla won the costume contest.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA / JPL-Caltech

Halloween at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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