After colonizing six continents and setting up scientific outposts on the seventh, Earth’s major invasive species sent some of its members into orbit. Not long after starting to use its opposable thumbs to cultivate grain, the species built rockets capable of landing individuals on Earth’s moon and delivering its members regularly to a series of low orbit scientific test labs.
The species now has its sights on Mars, which it has not visited yet in person but has landed several probes on. These probes are collecting data necessary to facilitate colonization, such as looking for evidence of readily available water. The invasive species also is looking at the asteroid belt as a source of minerals needed for further expansion.
Known for long term thinking, the invasive species has set up laboratories on Earth to develop advanced propulsion technologies to make space travel faster, thereby facilitating a full-blown invasion of the solar system. Pressure is building for such an outward migration from the planet as the invasive species’ population reaches seven billion, a number challenging the planet’s food, water, and energy resources.