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Moon Dome  
  A permanent domed structure for living on the Moon.  

As far as I know, this is the earliest description of a permanent lunar habitat that is reasonably accurate, in that it recognizes the harsh, airless environment.

“Johnny Grantline was a close friend of ours. He had organized an exploring expedition to the Moon. Uninhabited, with its bleak, forbidding, airless, waterless surface, the Moon – even though so close to the Earth- was seldom visited. No regular ship ever stopped there. A few exploring parties of recent years had come to grief. But there was a persistent rumor that upon the Moon, mineral riches of a fabulous wealth were awaiting discovery… (p3)

The Moon, with its lack of atmosphere, needed special equipment.

And there were humans here now. On this tumbled plain, between Archimedes and the mountains, one small crater amid the million of its fellows was distinguished this night by the presence of humans. The Grantline camp! It huddled in the deepest purple shadows on the side of a bowl-like pit, a crudely circular orifice with a scant two miles across its rippling rim. There was a faint light here to mark the presence of the living intruders. The blue glow radiance of Morrell tube lights under a spread of glassite.

The Grantline camp stood midway up one of the inner cliff walls of the little crater. The broken, rock-strewn floor, two miles wide, lay five hundred feet below the camp. A broad level shelf hung midway up the cliff, and upon it Grantline had built his little group of glassite dome shelters…

…within the glassite shelter, a normal Earth pressure must be maintained. Rigidly braced double walls to withstand the explosive tendency, with no external pressure to counteract it…

From Brigands of the Moon, by Ray Cummings.
Published by Astounding Stories of Super Science in 1930
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Underneath this dome were various smaller buildings, including maintenance equipment to maintain the atmosphere.

Compare to the plastic igloo (http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/content.asp?Bnum=1535) from Love Among the Robots by Emmett McDowell.

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