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What does ELS stand for?

ELS stands for earth landing subsystem


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The subsystem carries the CM to a sufficent height and to the side, away from the launch vehicle, so that the earth landing subsystem can operate. The subsystem looks like a large rocket connected to the command module by a lattice-work tower. It is 33 feet long and weighs about 8,000 pounds. The maximum diameter of the launch escape assembly is four feet.