I hope for photo's. Was it too much for them to throw a camera on that probe?
Designing spacecraft is one of the ultimate balancing acts. There are so many constraints: budget, volume (everything has to fit
), weight (as little as possible, to require the minimum of fuel needed to get away from Earth and match velocity with the target), durability (to not break being accelerated to escape velocity, then decelerated at the destination, not to mention being able to function in environments utterly different from Earth), mission priorities (atmospheric analysis versus detailed measurements of solar particle counts), launch windows (to minimize flight times and fuel requirements) and many others.
The Galileo atmospheric probe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_%28spacecraft%29
), for instance, had a heat shield that weighed over 330 pounds. In less than two minutes, over half that shield burned away as the probe slowed enough to open its parachute. The instruments onboard had to-and did- function under ferocious conditions; the probe stopped transmitting only after external pressure had gone over 23 Earth atmospheres and temperature had reached 307 degrees F. All while being bathed in Jupiter's ambient radiation, which is thousands of times that of Earth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetosphere_of_Jupiter
Given those limits, I'm guessing a high-resolution imaging system just didn't make the cut. I'd love to see some pics of Jupiter and Saturn's cloudscapes from within their atmospheres too. Dunno how old you are, but I'm in my 50s and still have some hope it will happen within my lifetime.