I read about this yesterday. My thought was the last great explorer had died. It is sad that we lost the will to explore the stars.
No disrespect, but considering everything that was achieved in space travel and exploration since the 70's, "we lost the will to explore the stars" is a little strange. The space shuttles, space telescopes, the international space station, the Mars missions, Voyager...?
Back then, landing on the moon was awesome, inspirational and almost unbelievable in technological scale. I think that today we just aim higher and further.