By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Friday released additional images from the Perseverance rover’s life on Mars.

A photo posted to the rover’s Twitter account showed tire tracks from the robot’s first spin around the red planet.

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According to scientists, the rover’s first test drive lasted 33 minutes and covered 21 feet across the Martian landscape — 13 feet forward and 8 feet back into a new temporary parking space.

“This was our first chance to ‘kick the tires’ and take Perseverance out for a spin,” Anais Zarifian, an engineer at JPL, said in a statement. “The rover’s six-wheel drive responded superbly. We are now confident our drive system is good to go, capable of taking us wherever the science leads us over the next two years.”

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Project engineers hope to get Perseverance to an ancient river delta to collect rocks to bring back to Earth.