There's a near-perfect heart shape on Pluto's rusty red surface which scientists are seeing for the first time as a piano-sized NASA spacecraft Vans Old Skool Canvas White Sale , New Horizons, hurtles toward the distant body on its way toward a historic flyby on July 14.

The dwarf planet is also dotted with bright points which may be ice caps, and a mysterious dark shape nicknamed "The Whale."

"We're at the 'man in the moon' stage of viewing Pluto,” said John Spencer of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

"It's easy to imagine you're seeing familiar shapes in this bizarre collection of light and dark features. However, it's too early to know what these features really are."

But scientists expect those mysteries to be solved in coming days as the spacecraft closes in on Pluto, once considered the farthest planet in the solar system before it was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006.

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"We are coming up on the culmination of all this effort, all this planning," said Joe Peterson, a science operations leader for the New Horizons mission.

"Very soon we are going to go by Pluto and get the actual goods."

The closest flyby is scheduled for July 14 at 7:50 am (1150 GMT), when New Horizons passes within 6,200 miles (9,977 kilometers) of Pluto.

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The $700 million unmanned spacecraft has seven sophisticated science instruments and cameras that are collecting data daily and sending it back to Earth.

"The instruments on New Horizons were all designed to work together to give us a comprehensive picture of the Pluto system," said Cathy Olkin, deputy project scientist for New Horizons.

They include three optical instruments, two plasma instruments, a dust sensor and a radio science receiver.

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Blurry, pixellated color images began arriving in April and May, when the spacecraft was about 50 million miles (80 million kilometers) away from its destination.

After a brief system failure caused the spacecraft to go into safe mode on July 4, the best image yet was taken on July 7 when New Horizons was just under five million miles (eight million kilometers) from Pluto.

The image shows a light-colored heart shape some 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) across, and a darker, whale-like shadow at its side.

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"We know that there are ices on Pluto, and we expect those ices to be brighter."

More data in the coming days should reveal more clues about the composition of Pluto's surface, as well as its Texas-sized moon, Charon.

"The next time we see this part of Pluto at closest approach, a portion of this region will be imaged at about 500 times better resolution," said Jeff Moore, geology Wholesale Vans LXVI Old Skool Lite Black White , geophysics and imaging Team Leader of NASA's Ames Research Center.

The best views are expected Monday through Thursday of next week, said principal investigator Alan Stern.

Even after the spacecraft whizzes by, the data and pictures will keep coming in for another 16 months, Stern told NPR's Science Friday.

"This is the gift that keeps on giving," he said.

New Horizons has enough power to continue traveling for 20 years, but will never catch up with NASA's Voyager 1, which launched in 1977 and is the most distant man-made object in space, Stern said.

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WELLINGTON, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Around 10,000 New Zealanders in need of warm and safe housing will be provided short-term accommodation at transitional places the government has secured ahead of winter, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams said on Thursday.

"With winter approaching, the demand for warm, safe housing will peak. We are focused on having a significant number of housing places available for those who need it," said Adams.

While the strong housing market in Auckland has made finding new places challenging adidas stan smith australia , Adams said progress has been made to deliver 621 houses in the country's biggest city by winter, which will support nearly 2,500 Auckland families a year.

In 2016, New Zealand government set aside 354 million NZ dollars (240.7 million U.S. dollars) to secure 2,150 transitional houses nationwide, which will assist 8,600 families every year. This is the first time transitional housing has received ongoing, direct funding from the government.

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Adams said the 8,600 transitional housing places are just one part of the plan to support New Zealanders in need of housing, from urgent shelter to long-term social housing, adding that efforts will be made to increase the number of social houses from 66,000 at present to 72 adidas superstar white australia ,000 over the next three years.

People living in emergency housing are able to stay for an average of 12 weeks. They will also receive support for up to a further 12 weeks once they move into more sustainable accommodation.

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