That's a shame, I hope they can still salvage something from the project.  Don Brownlee came to Microsoft a couple of months ago and mentioned the project and described how the probe was supposed to get back - parachutes and then caught be helicopter, which apparently is fairly normal and not as crazy as it might sound.  Turns out that the parachute didn't open though.  I bet the guy that designed the parachute isn't having a very good day.