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Astral Mining Corporation

July 10, 2007 10:38 ET

Astral Intersects 1.98 m of 17.8 g/t Gold at Saluda Gold Project, South Carolina

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - Astral Mining Corporation ("Astral" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:AST)(PINK SHEETS:ASMGF)(FRANKFURT:A7D)(WKN:A0JDX3) and JV Partner Gold Summit Corporation (TSX VENTURE:GSM) are pleased to report further assay results from quartz veins intersected in core drilling on the Rinehart Property of the Saluda Gold Project, Saluda County, South Carolina. A total of 525m in 6 holes have been completed along a 135m long segment of a northwest-trending shear zone containing several sub-parallel gold-bearing quartz veins dipping southwest at approximately 45 degrees. The property has potential to host both high-grade lode and bulk-tonnage type gold deposits.

The Main Vein, first identified and sampled in a prospect pit (3.4 to 144 g/t gold), has been intersected by Hole S1 (14.4 g/t Au over 2.16m and 7.8 g/t Au over 1.95m in duplicate intersections) 55m to the northwest (reported May 24, 2007 News Release) and now in vertical hole S4 which intersected 1.98m (drilled interval) assaying 17.8 g/t Au, 75m northwest of the Prospect Pit (see Map 1).

Where intersected, the Main Vein has an interpreted true width of 1.3m; it strikes to the northwest and dips at approximately 45 degrees to the southwest. While the Main Vein does not appear to extend to the southeast, potential exists for extensions to the Main Vein down-dip and along strike to the northwest. Significant potential for parallel mineralized veins also exists. Additional sampling of altered felsic and mafic schist host rocks is in progress to determine if broader mineralized zones occur between the veins, as is suggested by historical trench sampling (1.4 g/t Au over an interval of 56.4m in channel samples from weathered, altered, volcanic rocks - see May 24, 2007 News Release). Once all assays have been received, the Company will be finalizing its plans for the next stage of work on the prospective Saluda Gold Project.

Technical Summery:

A total of 525m in 6 diamond drill holes have been completed on the Rinehart Property of the Saluda Gold Project. A summary of the drill hole information and assay results for intervals containing greater than 1.0 g/t Au is provided in the table below. Hole S4 intersected 1.98m (drilled interval) assaying 17.8 g/t Au, approximately 20m further along strike to the northwest from the previously-reported Hole S1 intersection (see above). Visible gold associated with galena occurs in a massive quartz vein between 18.14 and 20.12m from which 83% of the core was recovered. This intersection demonstrates that the main vein has a true width of approximately 1.3m (in the Prospect Pit and Holes 1 and 4) over a strike extent of at least 75 m.

Quartz veins, sub-parallel to the main vein, were also intersected in Holes S2, S3 and S5. The Main Vein was not intersected in Hole S2, drilled 50m to the southwest of the Prospect Pit outcrop, suggesting it is either cut off by a fault or rapidly pinches out below its surface outcropping.

Hole S3 was drilled to the northeast to intersect the Main Vein between the Prospect Pit showing and the reported high-grade intercept in Hole S1, 40m down-dip. A 3.8m wide zone of quartz veining was intercepted between 46.50 and 50.30m, however, only 0.45 m of core was recovered with no significant results which, due to the large degree of core loss, may not be representative of the actual gold content. A deeper interval of veining in Hole S3 contained anomalous gold values in the 0.2-0.3 g/t range.

Holes S5 and S6 drilled were drilled from the same location 53m to the northwest of Hole S4 to test the northwest extension of the shear zone. These both intersected quartz veining but did not intersect the Main Vein. Further drilling will be required to determine if the Main Vein pinches out or is offset in this area.



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Hole Easting Northing Azimuth Angle Depth From To Interval Au
# (m) (m) (m) (m) (m) (m) g/t
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S 1 445812 3767283 125 -45 157.00 22.13 24.23 2.10 11.3
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S 2 445845 3767212 045 -45 129.00 21.10 22.86 0.76 1.20
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S 3 445797 3767222 045 -60 85.00 NSR
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S 4 445807 3767285 -90 43.00 18.14 20.12 1.98 17.8
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S 5 445768 3767322 045 -60 55.00 32.92 33.23 0.29 5.2
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S 6 445768 3767322 -90 56.00 NSR
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- NSR equals No Significant Results


All assays quoted in this release were performed in duplicate by standard Fire Assay/AA methods on sawn, half core samples submitted to American Assay Laboratories in Sparks, Nevada

The drilling program on the Saluda Project has been overseen by Ronald D McDaniels, BSc., MSc., a registered Professional Geologist in the State of North Carolina, and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. The contents of this release have been reviewed by Dr. David A. Terry, P.Geo., VP Exploration and a Director for Astral Mining Corporation and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Astral Mining Corporation, a member of the Grosso Group, is a Canadian-based company engaged in the exploration and development of precious metal properties in North America. By focusing on exploration in mining-friendly districts, the Company minimizes the political and social risks encountered in many other parts of the world. With a new gold discovery at the Company's Jumping Josephine Gold Project in Southern British Columbia currently being drilled for the first time, and an experienced technical team and seasoned management, Astral is poised to leverage this expertise into early exploration success. Further details on Astral Mining Corporation and its high-quality portfolio of exploration projects can be found at www.astralmining.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Mr. Manfred Kurschner, President & CEO

Cautionary Note to US Investors: This news release may contain information about adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine. We advise U.S. investors that the SEC's mining guidelines strictly prohibit information of this type in documents filed with the SEC. U.S. investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties are not indicative of mineral deposits on our properties. This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.

2007 Number 19

To view a copy of "Map 1: 2007 Phase I Diamond Drill Hole Location Map - Saluda Gold Project", please visit the link below:

http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/astmap710.pdf

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