Originally Posted by tsar
A couple of observations, if the Enterprise is being built on Earth's surface then what method of transportation do they use to get the ship into orbit? Some kind of Anti-gravity I suppose? Surely it can't fly on it's own up to orbit using thrusters or impulse. This ship was never meant to fly through atmosphere.
I also think it's interesting that James T. Kirk drives his car into the Xindi blasted Earth trench and barely escapes with his young life. Perhaps he thought he could jump the trench like Evil knievel or something.
Its not the Xindi trench. It a mining quarry. The sign on the right side of the gate says: DANGER OPEN MINING QUARRY