Astral Prepares To Drill In Sinaloa 

VANCOUVER - Astral Mining Corporation reported on the ongoing exploration program on its Los Crestones property, Sinaloa State, Mexico. Los Crestones covers 4,168 hectares and is located within the Sierra Madre gold-silver belt of Western Mexico. Surface work reported below is part of ongoing systematic exploration to refine targets for first-ever diamond drilling programmed to commence.

Recent exploration activities included geological mapping, soil sampling, and grab and chip sampling from outcrops and underground workings. With these results the company has confirmed primary zones of interest for diamond drilling. A number of vein/breccia zones and showings have been identified on the project and are the focus of continued sampling and mapping. Surface sampling to date leads Astral to believe that the mineralized low sulphidation epithermal system at Los Crestones traced for almost 1km shows great potential in a proven gold-silver belt, host to a number of past and present producing mines.

Results from the current program indicate that the known strike lengths of the three largest outcropping vein/breccia occurrences are approximately: 680m (Corona), 850m (Bohemia) and 930m (Indio). Soil sampling has identified additional anomalies along strike of known veins highlighting the potential for additional discoveries. Hand trenching of altered volcanics at one site along the Corona trend suggests mineralization is present within veins and also hydrothermally fractured wallrocks. Additional soil and rock sample anomalies adjacent to, and in between, the major known veins warrant further work. Astral interprets the exploration results to date on Los Crestones to be highly encouraging and is progressing with plans for diamond drilling. Concurrently, Astral's community relations consultant is finalizing agreements with local stakeholders. A 2,500m drill program to test priority targets is planned to commence shortly.