LV-223 is a moon 34.6 lightyears from Earth that a research team funded by the Weyland Corporation is led to by historical inscriptions from throughout early human civilizations. They reach the moon on December 21, 2093 after 2.4 years of travel aboard the spaceship Prometheus. The planet appears barren and mountainous and susceptible to harsh sand storms with winds reaching 200 km/h. The research team quickly discovers a large artificial structure thought to be military installations built by the Engineers. They stored a large supply of vases containing a dark organic liquid mutagen as well as their spaceships.