I stayed up and was watching the landing streaming live online and had started from before the deorbit burn. The Commander had handed over control of Endeavour to the pilot for a few seconds (a NASA tradition) just before landing when the video stream quit. I got it going again in time to hear “Wheels stop.”

And if you are wondering what the puffs of flame are, they are the Auxilary Power Units that are small turbine engines that power the hydraulics during landing and on the ground. I blogged about that in 2008 and got quite a few hits during Endeavour’s landing.

As a side note, I love the infrared views of the Shuttle during night landings. You can see how hot the nose and leading wing edges get and cold the tires and landing gear are.

Thanks for your 25 flights, Endeavour! You are the only Shuttle I haven’t seen live (I did get to drive past you in your hanger during the NASA Tweetup) so I look forward to seeing you at the California Science Center.