European scientists planning robot village on the Moon?

The idea of establishing a robotic ‘village’ on the Moon, perhaps as a precursor to a manned base, has been discussed among European scientists for a number of years, and according to recent press reports, the concept is still on the mind of one leading lunar scientist.
Bernard Foing, chief scientist at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) solar system division, described to the UK’s Guardian newspaper his vision for a collection of shelters, instruments and robotic exploration vehicles, possibly located on a ridge near the Moon’s south pole which remains in sunlight all year round.
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