In 1969 humanity took a "giant leap" when three people — Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins — became the first members of the most exclusive club in human history by traveling safely to the moon and back. Previous NASA missions orbited the moon and returned, but on this mission Armstrong and Aldrin became the first people to set foot on the moon's surface. But before Apollo 11, there were others — pilots, astronauts, scientists, mathematicians — who helped pave the way to the moon and make President John F. Kennedy's pledge to go to the moon a reality. We look back at the race to the moon and a few of the many who helped get us there. Click through to see photos and learn more.