They said the mission cost around 260Mill. Odds are they will return nothing of value out of the mission. Nice! My bet is they used english measurements again. Those clowns. Ahh, in all honesty, the science is amazing. I do hate to see such a failure.
I am not sure what this probe actually did - but presumably it was continuously transmitting data back while in orbit? If so, then hopefully it wasn't a total failure. My kids got a kick out of watching the video of the crash - they likened it to the way we fly our model rockets - we don't have great track-record, but the entertainment factor is way up there!
from what I can tell, not all of the science is lost, and Treetop, don't forget about those 2 rovers that are roaming around on Mars right now, the Saturn mission, the Stardust mission, etc ... so they aren't doing 'too' bad :unsure: