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.