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Originally posted by MysterE
It appears to be the same object in this picture. To me it looks like some form of transponder, or something of that nature.
It may be what NASA is calling "Scientific Instruments"
Originally posted by RedRingbone
...merely a combination of chance camera angles, spatial geometry, and planetary conjunction...The baseline perpendicular angle of the camera shooting the pictures is relatively high (to the J34 thruster nozzle appearing on the lander side) 87.33 deg vs azimuth of (range of motion) -15.01 deg to +9.87 deg for the period of -15 seconds of artifact (Q1) appearance to +15 seconds after it last appears; thus we are led to the next fact . . .THEREFORE what was photographed is clearly: A plume of lunar swamp gas (LSG) that is obviously in the ascendant phase and passing right in front of the distant planet Mars which is exceedingly bright owing to the very low relative angle between the sun, mars and LSG.