Saskatchewan, Canada Seen From Orbit By Proba-V Minisatellite

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Saskatchewan

Snow blankets much of this eastern part of Canada's Saskatchewan province, in this 28 November 2015 image taken by ESA's technology-testing Proba-V minisatellite.

The Saskatchewan River can be seen flowing into Tobin Lake in the upper-left part of this 100 m-resolution image.

Launched on 7 May 2013, Proba-V is a miniaturised ESA satellite tasked with a full-scale mission: to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days.

Its main camera's continent-spanning 2250 km swath width collects light in the blue, red, near-infrared and mid-infrared wavebands at 300 m resolution and down to 100 m resolution in its central field of view.

VITO, the Flemish institute for technological research, processes and distributes Proba-V data to users. VITO has produced an online gallery highlighting some of the mission's most striking images so far, including views of storms, fires and deforestation.

Next month sees a major symposium devoted to the minisatellite and its global output, taking place at Ghent in Belgium.

Credit: ESA/Belspo - produced by VITO

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