Astronaut's dreams come true

Reporter: Allison Bybee

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (Fox 29) - Linda watched Saturday as her son took off into space, "It was something that you could almost touch. You know, that's how heavy that feeling was in the air."

The first shuttle launch for Ron Garon, a man who has dreamt of this day forever, "since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, he said that's what I'd like to do."

Saturday's space shuttle Discovery blasted off amongst onlookers while Linda and her son's wife and kids stood front and center.

"When it lifted off on Saturday, all of a sudden your parental strings are going off with it because it's your child now on this, this flaming thing that's, you know, flying up in the air," she says.

Now home in Port St. Lucie, Linda watches her son from her couch, glued to NASA TV. Mission specialist Ron Garon will be conducting his first space walk Tuesday.

Though Garon has only been off the ground for two days, his mother has been emailing, and hearing comforting responses. "Nothing really prepares you for it, and the things that you see looking out these port hole windows are extraordinary."