(click to enlarge) America's first space station, Skylab , was launched 40 years ago on May 14. Remembered mostly for crashing into Australia in the summer of 1979, it arguably allowed NASA to make most of its blunders there and then and not on the current International Space Station . For Graphic News , I've created an HTML5 interactive graphic (tablet and smartphone friendly) that recounts what it was and what went wrong. It'll only be available to see by non-subscribers in this way for about 10 days, so click this link now if you'd like to see it: SKYLAB INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC You'll be taken to a web page that looks something like this. (click to enlarge) Hit the Play button on the May 14: 40th anniversary of Skylab launch link and it'll open up.