A shuttle that had landed in front of peak towers to pick up the enforcers was now exiting the atmosphere, loaded with it's crew of pro-registration metahumans who had volunteered to help the peacekeepers in this expedition that could potentially save humanity from future alien invasion, breaking free of the cradle of earth's gravity as if it were nothing more than kleenex holding it down to earth while it zoomed out into the increasingly crowded space above Earth.
Of the series of Peacekeeper ships kept around in orbit around the earth and growing number of orbital defense platforms, one particular cluster of ships was gathering at a geosynchronus point over peak tower, awaiting a few more ships still planet side waiting to pick up some volunteers and add to the supplies for the journey, in case they needed to stay at their destination for a particularly long time. In space, the native satellites and space stations of earth were dwarfed in every way by the burgeoning defense fleet around the earth, which milled about like a swarm of bees.
The most important of these was the Battlecruiser Spirit of Liberty, an eight kilometer long, hardy vessel with powerful shielding and weaponry, a vessel whose spacefolding technology allowed it to be substantially larger on the inside, and was the centerpiece of a fleet of several hundred ships, including a carrier that was twice the size, the Forward unto Victory, and the battleship Pillar of Democracy, which was one and a half times larger, though the spirit was the designated flagship as it's commander preferred it for it's maneuverability.
As the shuttle neared the Spirit of Liberty and prepared to dock with the imposing vessel, a bright light flashed above the earth as an orbital habitat dropped out of hyperspace, assuming an extreme high earth orbit to provide some extremely distant civilian presence around the earth, perhaps as an embassy or tourist processing point, perhaps to show to the earth the advances in science the peacekeepers had made.
"Welcome aboard the APKCSS Spirit of Liberty!" A holographic image of a talking purple labradour barked out. "I am Beneficus, the A.I of this vessel, allow me to introduce you to the exploratory fleet. Here, we take safety as our utmost precaution. Hence why we are deploying military instead of scientific vessels" The dog reported, panting out happily as the PA system went out across the entire fleet, stationed in low earth orbit as it was.
"Some of our ships are still planet side to pick up some volunteers and stock up on supplies, but I assure you that our departure will be made reasonably quickly." Beneficus cheerily reported in an odd midwestern accent, kind of rough and growly. "In the mean time, do feel free to explore this battlecruiser and make yourself comfortable as we make the preparations for a hyperspace jump to the edge of the milky way galaxy before charging up for a transgalactic jump to the great attractor!" Beneficus barked out before his hologram blinked out and reported elsewhere.
Then came the medal studdened form of the wisened Admiral Horatio Guido, the swarthy italian man seeming a bit on the short side, but his clean white uniform and peaked officer's cap left no doubt about his authority. "Ah, welcome aboard my ship, I see you've already met some of our groundside operatives such as Carol, Henderson, El Cid, and Ericson!" He clapped excitedly, enthused about these earth dwellers being aboard his ship.
"I'm Admiral Guido, and I am the commanding officer of this fleet! I've made quite a name for myself as a naval officer, and must say I'm quite honored to meet some people from earth!" He cheerily reported, going out to shake the hands of those gathered there, an eager grin on his perhaps too perfect teeth. Come to think of it, the entirety of the ship was immaculately clean.
But down on earth, a group of shuttles that had landed were still accepting volunteers from across NATO aligned nations, the Peacekeeper guards not really paying them much attention other than having them sign some electronic documents on a tablet, having no real experience with earth dwelling humans. Other canny individuals would be able to sneak in to get a quick way into space and see what the peacekeepers were all about, or perhaps follow Stark and see what he's up to, or maybe just get into space the cheap and easy way.
Soon all the players would be ready, and the stage would be set for the first act in the greatest drama the cosmos had ever known.