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A NASA panel formed to study "unidentified anomalous phenomena" is holding a press conference on Wednesday to discuss its preliminary findings after months of work.

The space agency launched last year an independent study team consisting of 16 widely varied experts to research what it calls "unidentified anomalous phenomena," perhaps more commonly known as unidentified flying objects. NASA will live broadcast the four-hour conference starting at 10:30 am EDT through the NASA website.

NASA authorized the nine-month study following years of increased public and government interest in unidentified aerial phenomena.

Daniel Evans, assistant deputy associate administrator for research at NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said:
"NASA has brought together some of the world's leading scientists, data and artificial intelligence practitioners, aerospace safety experts, all with a specific charge, which is to tell us how to apply the full focus of science and data to UAP. The findings will be released to the public in conjunction with NASA's principles of transparency, openness, and scientific integrity."
The Defense Department established its own UFO task force in 2021, composed of defense and intelligence officials, part of an Airborne Object Identification and Management Executive Council.

A Pentagon official told a subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee in April that the United States government is reviewing 650 potential UFO incidents. However, there is not any credible evidence that the unidentified objects came from outer space.

The full report from the NASA task force is set to be released later this summer, according to the agency's press statement.

"Right now, the limited high-quality observations of UAP make it impossible to draw scientific conclusions from the data about the nature of such events," NASA said.

Members of the public are permitted to ask questions, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Post-meeting, at 3 p.m., NASA will host a virtual media teleconference with top experts.