Terrestrial Starship Yards in J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek

[image via io9]

From J.J. Abrams’s new Star Trek prequel / re-imagining, comes this construction shot of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. However, in a counter-intuitive and perhaps counter-canonical move, it appears that the iconic ship is under construction planetside. We’ve already seen terrestrial ship-breaking yards for crashed and decommissioned space craft, but if you’re building an enormous starship, wouldn’t it be a hell of a lot easier to do so in a zero-gravity environment? Maybe not. As always, we can turn to wikipedia for the answer: