James T. Kirk is Dead
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Join Date: Dec 2007
02-05-2010, 10:09 AM
I was under the impression that the "canyon" in Iowa is actually more of a quarry. Maybe a silica mine or something.
As for building the ship on the ground and getting it into space... they can use a tractor beam, of course.
The beauty of science fiction is that you can never write yourself into a corner. There's always a made-up reason waiting to bail you out of any situation.