We really enjoy your work. You are the space experts of our nation. So we find it puzzling that you are requesting our assistance in determining the cause of bright spots that can be seen on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.
The last time we looked, you had a budget for space exploration and research. We have no such funding. We're even thinking of getting rid of our Netflix subscription to save a few bucks each month.
Also, Ceres is pretty far away, in that asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Even with our best handheld telescope, we are hard-pressed to even find Ceres, never mind conduct a visual inspection. Meanwhile, your Dawn exploratory spacecraft is orbiting Ceres, and thus is better able to study and speculate about these bright lights.
Another thing: You only give us six options -- volcano, geyser, rock, ice, salt deposit or other -- from which to choose as causes of the mystery lights on Ceres, with no room for write-in suggestions like alien power grids or tears in the space/time continuum. On top of that, your options are designated by cartoonish icons.
NASA, we believe you are pandering to us as a public relations gambit. Well, we refuse to be your monkey astrophysicist. You wanna know what the bright lights are on Ceres? Figure it out yourself.
FWIW, though, we vote for salt deposits.
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