I think that it is becoming fairly obvious to me anyway that the mainstream scientific media is beginning break us in on the idea of extra terrestrial life being common sense. I was just watching an all new show on National Geographic Channel about the red rain that fell in India about 10 years ago.
There is a scientist in Whales that has been studying some of the original samples of this material. His discoveries are that these cellular looking structures in the red rain are composed of silicone and titanium. Up until now it had been decided by the main stream science community that this meant that there was no way that these could be living cells. This of course because of the absence of carbon which is the element that all life has on Earth.
The new discovery that just blew the lid off of the whole thing is that this scientist was able to get these non-carbon based cells to reproduce. How did he do this? He heated the sample cells up to high temperatures that would kill carbon based cells. When he did this they started reproducing. Totally awesome! A silicone based life form that could survive re-entry into the atmosphere in a meteor. And it was on National Geographic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This combined with the recent Ancient Aliens series on the History Channel where they admitted many fringe facts never before seen outside of books and the internet. They are warming us up folks. I would expect to see more and more of this kind of thing being shown to us. Buckle your seat belts, here we go. Compression of time is on!