Magnitogorsk -which lies on the border of Europe and Asia- translates in English as “magnetic mountain” and that's exactly what it is: a mountain that mainly consists of iron ore. This makes it a natural, giant magnet, black and mysterious. The magnetism that emanates from it is so powerful that whatever lives near it, lives a very uncomfortable life indeed. The pendulum of a clock and the needle of a compass both stop functioning, turning time and space into irrelevant notions. The paradox of this place, which is -because of its the purity and the strength of the magnetic energy- so holy and at the same time so lethal, is the very foundation of the Magnetosphere Prospecting & Monitoring Program.