The description of a method for creating a lunar atmosphere similar to that of the earth. If the lunar crust were deliberately and methodically broken, simulating earthquake and volcanic activity on the planets, some of the stored gases and vapors could be released to form a lunar atmosphere. Following the use of nuclear bombs to produce a low density atmosphere, organisms could be introduced to produce atmospheric gases faster than they could escape. Initially, these would include plants to produce oxygen and bacteria to release required nitrogenous gases. Even if this artificially created atmosphere had only a few millimeters pressure and endured for only a few hundred years, the establishment of a moon base would be greatly simplified.
Libby, Leona Marshall, Creation of an Atmosphere for the Moon. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1969. https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P4132.html. Also available in print form.
Libby, Leona Marshall, Creation of an Atmosphere for the Moon, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, P-4132, 1969. As of July 28, 2021: https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P4132.html