Astral Mining Corporation

Astral Mining Corporation

April 25, 2007 15:33 ET

Drilling Underway at Astral's Saluda Gold Project in South Carolina

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 25, 2007) - Astral (TSX VENTURE:AST)(FRANKFURT:A7D) (WKN# A0JDX3) and JV partner Gold Summit (TSX VENTURE:GSM) today started core drilling on the Rinehart lease on the Saluda Project, South Carolina. Initially, 3 holes for a total of 500 meters are planned to test an outcropping quartz vein carrying visible gold that occurs within a prominent gold soil anomaly.

The core of the soil anomaly, defined by a 100 ppb contour, measures approximately 100m by 150m and contains individual values ranging between 130 and 656 ppb Au. In a small pit on the east side of the anomaly, a prominent NW striking quartz vein outcrops. Visible gold seen in several hand samples collected from the vein and in adjacent float were confirmed by assays that range between 3 and 144 g/t Au. More details of the soil and rock chip results from the Rinehart prospect are given in the GSM news release of December 13, 2006.

Gold prospecting in the Saluda Area dates back to the early 1800's when alluvial gold was mined and shallow prospecting exposed gold-bearing quartz veins. At that time the relative ease of alluvial mining provided no incentive to develop individual veins. The planned drilling is the first ever to take place on the property.

Host rocks underlying the Rinehart soil anomaly are typical of the Lower Palaeozoic island arc volcanic and sedimentary suite that underlies the goldfields of the Southeastern United States. These rocks form a linear belt extending from Virginia to Georgia that contain at least 400 separate gold showings of record. The belt has seen little, if any, concerted exploration for high grade, greenstone-style, underground gold deposits, although a number of open pit deposits, notably Ridgeway, produced in recent years.

The Astral/GSM agreement, announced on March 13, 2007, allows Astral to acquire a 51% interest in any property within the Saluda Area and the Bear Creek Area in North Carolina after expenditures of US $300,000. Thereafter, Astral may earn an 80% interest in a designated prospect by placing a mine into production.

The drilling program on the Saluda Project will be 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, Ph.D., 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 to be drilled for the first time in May 2007, 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


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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