Science Pluto's new moon could cause problems for space probe, says NASA (+video)

Pluto's newly discovered fifth moon could mean more debris surrounding the icy dwarf planet, which could pose a hazard for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which was launched in 2006 with the aim of mapping Pluto's surface.

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NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

The discovery of another moon around Pluto is exciting news for planetary science, but it's also likely causing some anxiety for the team in charge of New Horizons, a spacecraft set to be the first probe ever to visit the dwarf planet.