Astral Mining Corporation

Astral Mining Corporation

October 18, 2007 09:27 ET

Astral Mining Corporation: Jumping Josephine Drilling Update

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2007) - Astral Mining Corporation ("Astral" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:AST)(PINK SHEETS:ASMGF)(FRANKFURT:A7D), is pleased to provide a progress update for the ongoing Phase II drill program on its Jumping Josephine Gold Discovery in southern British Columbia. Phase II drilling to date on the JJ Main Zone includes 3,333.4m in 27 HQ diamond drill holes, significantly adding to the Phase I program which totalled 1,461m in 20 holes. A minimum of 12 more holes are currently planned to be included in the Phase II program.

Drilling to date has now tested the JJ Main quartz stockwork zone over a strike length of 540m and down to a maximum vertical depth of 152m below surface. Most of the Phase II drilling has focussed on testing the extent of the stockwork zone to the south of the southernmost section drilled in the Phase I program as gold grades and zone width generally increase towards the south, as evidenced by previously reported hole 07JD013 which assayed 19m averaging 7.01 g/t gold (see July 12, 2007 News Release). Fences of holes have been drilled along 40m section step-outs up to 200m south of drill hole 07JD013.

Drilling progress has prompted Astral to apply for permits to drill an additional 4500m in 30 holes, some of which may be incorporated into the Phase II program this fall, weather permitting, the remainder to be completed in 2008. Due to laboratory backlogs receipt of assay results from the Phase II drilling program has been slower than expected. Results will be released in batches as they are received.

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, 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


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.

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