released in Astrobiology studies the possibilities of life perhaps gaining a foothold on the early Moon, billions of years ago. Or at least conditions that may have been conducive to Earth-like life (carbon-based, H2
O solvent etc). Another paper
presents a theory based on the volcanic activity of the lunar past, which could have generated large enough amounts of gasses like CO, H2
O and S to imitate the atmosphere present during the early stages of the Earth's geological development. This may have been critical for the spawning of abiogenesis.
Images of the creation of lunar mare, or lava plain, flows on the moon at 500-million-year time increments. Red areas illustrate the most recent lava activity at each point. Mapping the timing and volume of the volcanic eruptions helped scientists calculate the amount of gaseous material available for an ancient lunar atmosphere.
The website Inverse has a good write-up
about it and the media hype around it that may have bewildered some readers.