Performed de-orbit burn at 11:25 ET. Scheduled to land at 12:32 ET.
All eyes will be on the tiles.
UPDATE: Thankfully, pics now show that the shuttle seems to be okay. Will be down in a couple of minutes.
UPDATE 2: Down and stopped. I still think that they should have tried the repair methods, though it’s tough to argue with success.
It will be interesting to see how the damaged section fared.
UPDATE 3: A commenter noted the expensive and never-used Shuttle launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It was originally built for the MOL program in the 1960s, for which it was also never used. More info and a bunch of pics at 1985: Space Shutle at Vandenberg.