In one swing, not only did we discover that we were not alone in the Universe, but we find out that we have distant relatives on other stars.
The Cilonians are a race of explorers and gatherers of knowledge. Through research of their ancient records, they discovered a legend of our existence, and they could not resist the draw of adventure and exploration. The Cilonian Elders authorized an exploratory fleet to launch in search of their distant relatives. Generations lived and died in the fleet before they finally stumbled upon a signal that led them to us. We were observed, studied, and occasionally probed for information.
When they felt the time was right, they made First Contact. They offered us their Hyperspeed technology to help us travel at speeds only dreamed of. From Earth to Mars in under four hours! In return, they were interested in our medical and cybernetic breakthroughs.
We were lucky they came before our next guests....