The next couple of years, science fiction became very popular with books by Arthur C. Clarke and H.G. Wells, movies like War of the Worlds and The Day the Earth Stood Still and TV shows like the Twilight Zone.
During the cold war in 1960 Time Magazine also claimed that satellites are orbiting Earth with a very strange and unusual orbit. They even claimed that it’s a Soviet spy satellite, but it turned out that it was only a US satellite that had broken orbit.
So all of those unverified stories were disregarded by Jerry Ross, a NASA astronaut who confirmed that this object is nothing more than a project gone bad, a mistake.