MIT’s Technology Review has published a report suggesting that there is new — and potentially terrifying — evidence in the mysterious case of the living “Red Rain,” which fell in India in 2001 and contained cells unlike any found on Earth.

For those unfamiliar with this intriguing case, from July 25 to September 23, 2001, numerous people observed RED RAIN falling over Kerala in the southern tip of India during a two month period. One of them was Godfrey Louis, a physicist at nearby Cochin University of Science and Technology.

Intrigued by this phenomena, Louis collected numerous samples of red rain, determined to find out what was causing the contamination, perhaps sand or dust from some distant desert. Under a microscope, however, he found no evidence of sand or dust.

Instead, the rain water was filled with red cells that look remarkably like conventional bugs on Earth. What was strange was that Louis found no evidence of DNA in these cells which would rule out most kinds of known biological cells.

Louis published his results in the peer-reviewed journal Astrophysics and Space in 2006, along with the suggestion that the cells might just be from OUT OF THIS WORLD. Louis speculated that a comet may have disintegrated in the upper atmosphere and then seeded clouds as the cells floated down to Earth.

In fact, Louis says there were reports in the region of a sonic boom-type noise at the time, which could have been caused by the disintegration of an object in the upper atmosphere.

Since then, Louis has continued to study the cells with an international team including Chandra Wickramasinghe from the University of Cardiff in the UK and one of the leading proponents of the panspermia theory, which he developed in the latter half of the 20th century with the remarkable physicist Fred Hoyle.

Panspermia is the idea that life exists throughout the universe in comets, asteroids and interstellar dust clouds and that life of Earth was seeded from one or more of these sources. Panspermia holds that we are all extraterrestrials.

In 2010, Louis, Wickramasinghe and others publish the extraordinary claim that the cells reproduce at a temperature of 121 degrees C or 185.8 F. By contrast, the cells are inert at room temperature.

That makes them highly unusual, to say the least. The spores of some extremophiles can survive these kinds of temperatures and then reproduce at lower temperatures but nothing on Earth behaves like this at these temperatures, as far as we know, further suggesting an extraterrestrial origin for these cells.