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Could the Kordylewski clouds be harvested electrostatically to be used for shielding at Earth moon L4 and L5 space stations? As it's been suggested they may pose a problem for the space stations themselves, so reducing them would be good. Hoping probes needn't be overly sophisticated so they could start quite a few years before commencing space station build. Have the probes build up consolidated masses, then leave them to conserve fuel to repeat the process again. May have to put beacons on the artificial asteroids?


Recent news about the Kordylewski clouds:

Pair of open access papers by Judit Slíz-Balogh, András Barta and Gábor Horváth (October, 2018):

Celestial mechanics and polarization optics of the Kordylewski dust cloud in the Earth–Moon Lagrange point L5 – I. Three-dimensional celestial mechanical modelling of dust cloud formation

Celestial mechanics and polarization optics of the Kordylewski dust cloud in the Earth–Moon Lagrange point L5 – Part II. Imaging polarimetric observation: new evidence for the existence of Kordylewski dust cloud

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  • $\begingroup$ I wonder if the total mass of the observed dust has been estimated, it might be too small to be useful. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Nov 7 '18 at 15:28

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