A couple of days ago, there was this beautiful ballistic missile launched from North Korea. While reading about this momentous event, I was surprised to learn that said missile had climbed over 2,000 km before crashing into the sea some 700 km from its launchpad. Since this missile flew into space, way beyond most satellites, it had to reenter Earth atmosphere before landing, or rather, crashing. Yet, considering how close from its launchpad it crashed, it appears that it reentered the atmosphere at a very steep angle, almost vertically. I thought that it was not possible for an objet to enter Earth atmosphere "head on" without either being sent back into space, or disintegrating upon impact. The space shuttle, for example, had to reenter the atmosphere at a very precise angle to avoid such a fate. Could someone shed some light on how missiles do reenter the atmosphere, apparently with much less trouble than other objects such as a shuttle?