Pluto is pictured in this July 7, 2015 handout image from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI). REUTERS/NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI
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There's a near-perfect heart shape on Pluto's rusty red surface.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 .The closest flyby is scheduled for July 14 at 1150 GMT, when New Horizons passes within 9,977 kilometers of Pluto.The $700 million unmanned spacecraft has seven sophisticated science instruments and cameras that are collecting data daily and sending it back to Earth.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 8 million kilometers from Pluto.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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